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THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013 NEW NFOS TEAM TRIDENT NEASE NJR OTC Check us out Online! jaxairnews.com Hagel orders review of sex assault caseDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed two separate reviews to ensure that the U.S. military justice system is appropriately protecting victims of sex ual assault as well as dispensing justice to the accused, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said on March 12. The orders are an outgrowth of a case against Air Force Lt. Col. James Wilkerson. Last year, a panel of military officers at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, found the colonel guilty of a sexual assault. The judge sen tenced him to a year in prison and dismissal from the service. Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, the 3rd Air Force commander, was the conven ing authority for the court-martial and reviewed the finished case and sentence. The general reviewed the case over a three-week period and used his author ity under Article 60 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice to dismiss the charges against Wilkerson. He concluded that the entire body of evidence was insufficient to meet the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, Hagel wrote in a letter about the case to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). Dismissing charges like this is rare, officials said, but not unheard-of. A commander is not required to give a reason for the decision, and the com manders decision is final. Hagel ordered the Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Robert Taylor, the Defense Departments acting gener al counsel, to review the case against Wilkerson. He asked them to assess whether all aspects of the UCMJ were correctly applied and to make recommendations on how the convening authoritys deci sion in this case could be more transpar ent, Little said. Their report is due back to Hagel on March 20. Hagel also ordered the acting general counsel to conduct a review of Article 60 of the UCMJ the article covering the actions of the convening authority. Hagel is asking Taylor to provide an assessment of whether changes should be made in Article 60, and this assess ment is due March 27. Hagel has made it clear to military and civilian leaders that eliminating sexual assault in the military is one of his top priorities, Little said. Sexual assault is a serious crime that has no place in the department and he will not tolerate it, he added. Any member of the military that is convicted of sexual assault no mat ter his rank or position must be held appropriately accountable. U.S. service members must know that they are protected from criminal assault by a system of laws that function promptly, fairly and justly, Little said. VP-5 Pelicans naval aircrewman AWO2 Chance Passen was pinned with his naval aircrew wings by his father, AWOCS (Ret) Robert Passen during a ceremony on March 5. Passen was pinned with the wings that both his father and grandfather wore in their Navy careers continuing a proud family history of service in the maritime patrol and reconnaissance community and to our nation. The youngest Passen, a native of Pensacola, joined VP-5 a year and a half ago the same command his father and grandfather once served in. His father served for 26 years, retiring as the com mand senior chief of Mobile Tactical Operations Center Three. His commands included VP-17, VP-30, VP-24, TSC Sigonella, Italy, USS Ronald Reagan, Naval Air Technical Training Center Pensacola, Joint Crew Composite Squadron 1, VP-5, and MTOC-3. His grandfather flew on a variety of aircraft including the UH-1 Iroquois, C-121 Super Constellation, and P-3 Orion. He retired at VP-5 in 1977. Passen joins his father as a fully qualified electronic warfare sensor operator on the P-3C Orion and is currently transitioning with VP-5 to the P-8A Poseidon. Electronic warfare operators are responsible for managing the radar, electro-optical camera, and electronic support measures system. I am very proud to continue a now three-generation legacy in my family by wearing these wings, Passen com mented. It means so much to me and my father to bring this tradition into a new era by transitioning to the P-8A Poseidon. VP-5 has been transitioning to the P-8A Poseidon since Jan. 4. MPA opens registration for 2013 symposiumThe Maritime Patrol Association (MPA) launched its online regis tration for the 2013 Symposium this week, building the anticipation for two days of events that will celebrate International Partnerships in mid-April. The 2013 MPA Symposium will take place April 18-19 at NAS Several Sailors from NAS Jax and tenant commands volunteered to participate in the Nathan B. Forrest High Schools Challenge Day March 13-15. Challenge Day is a program designed for students in grades 7-12 that consists of an experiential work shop during which students address topics such as gossiping, rumors, bul lying, violence, various phobias, and peer pressure. They are given the opportunity to learn and/or enhance social and emo tional competencies including selfawareness, self-management, socialawareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. According to ATCS(AW) Robert Reid, VP-30 Squadron Augment Unit senior enlisted leader, who volun teered March 13 at the school, the experience was a success on multiple levels.Reids son, Skylar, is a student at the school and also participated as a volunteer facilitator for the event. The atmosphere wasintention ally set to help the young adult par ticipants feel at ease and accepted for who they truly are.Games and exercises gave way to the event high light of Crossing the Line. This piv otalevent challenges all participants, youths and adult mentors, to cross over a line each time they can direct ly relate to an announcers prompt ing question of hardship, explained Reid. Crossing the line served as a public acknowledgment of challeng es and pain the participantscontend with day after day.The mood dur ing the 20 to 30 iterations of cross ing the linewas somewhat somber andtearful; yet, the emotional expo sure wasstrangely uplifting as well. I participate in youth support events for a myriad of personal and professional reasons. Altruistic work has always been an integral compo nent of my own growth and develop Passen presented wings by his father Sailors volunteer for schools Challenge Day

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2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013 JAX AIR NEWS JAX AIR NEWS JAX AIR NEWS JAX AIR NEWS, JAX AIR NEWS MoneyChic Sez: Let me catch up on our topic of discussion. A Sailor and his wife are having a baby and want to know how to make the upfront costs of a baby not so expensive. The last article discussed realiz ing babies are going to be expen sive no matter what. Figuring out wants versus needs for the baby is a good place to start preparing for the newest family member. The discussion with your wife has produced a list of items you would like your baby to have, a list of items your baby will definitely need, items you are willing to buy used, and items you will only buy new. Now the shopping begins! There are many ways to save money on needed items. You can shop consignment stores for used items such as: play mats, swings, bouncer seats, bumbos, high chairs or strollers. Garage sales are also a great way to find used items. Craigslist.org also has baby items being sold by moms wanting to clean out their childrens closet. Baby clothing is also easy to buy used online or at consign ment stores/garage sales and watch for end of season sales in the stores. End of the season is the time to stock up for next year. You can guess your childs size and buy accordingly. Pant waists can always be rolled down and sleeves can be rolled up if the clothes are a tad too big. And dont hesitate to accept donations. Not sure about your child wearing used clothing? Most babies do not wear cloth ing for more than a few months because they outgrow them so quickly. For big ticket items that you will only buy new, shop around! Watch for deals at stores or on websites. Watch for end of year sales on last years model that is being phased out. The only difference between a 2012 or 2013 stroller may be the color. Look for coupon codes online for free shipping or a per centage off. Dont be store/website loyal! If you find a less expensive price online, take it to a store that carries that item and ask if they will price match. Look for specials on items you intended to purchase anyway and calculate the savings. Some stores will offer a free item with a purchase. These may sound like great deals, but calculate the savings if you were to purchase other items. My advice on two big ticket items; never buy a used car seat or crib. Car seats have an expiration date and should not be used past that date. They also should not be used if they have been in any type of car accident. Cribs are tricky because there have been so many recalls in the last couple of years. If you dont know how the crib has been cared for or how many times it has been put together or taken apart, it is a good idea to stay clear of it. Your childs safety should be a top pri ority. Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) offers a class to help you prepare financially for a baby. The Budget for Baby class is held several times monthly. For coming to the class you will also receive a free layette filled with towels, bibs, sleep n plays, and sheets for your baby. Stop by the office outside the Yorktown Gate or call 542-2832 to sign up. An NMCRS caseworker can also help put together a financial plan to show you what your finances will look like after that baby is here. Have questions for Hey, Money Chic? Drop me an e-mail at megan. stolle@nmcrs.org Im one of those people who has grown increasingly reliant on modern technology, and Im worried (not really) that its altered my mind. With auto-correct and auto-fill, I no lon ger remember peoples phone numbers or email addresses, and I cant spell some basic words beyond the first few letters. Who needs to remember how to spell a frustrating word like amateur when auto-correct only requires a-m-a-t to know what youre getting at? This is a dangerous slope. In the beginning, for me, it was Caller ID. The idea that I could knowinstantlywho was calling the house was both novel and frightening. Suddenly I could screen calls or see who had phoned but not left a message. Both functions were equally handy when I was a teenager. Somewhere along the way, however, Caller ID made me self-conscious about my hel los. Should I still answer in the form of a questionHello? Or was that essentially lying since I knew who was on the other end? Wouldnt it be better to just pick up the phone and say, Hi, ________? The worst, though, is when Caller ID hic cups and doesnt display the name of the caller. Instead, it reads, Searching. What is a person to do then? I mean, who answers the phone without knowing whos on the other end? And yet, all of these predicaments seem like eons ago now that I hardly use my house phone, or any phone at all, for that matter. Worst Scenario Ever: Youre texting with someone when suddenly your phone rings . and its them! So Ive recognized for awhile now that my conversational skills are rotting thanks to Caller ID and text messages, but until last week, I didnt realize that my sense of direc tion was in jeopardy, too. I was driving through a rural part of Maine, where some houses are still decorated for Christmas, but it doesnt matter because the nearest neighbor is a half-mile away. The posted speed limit was 35 mph, but every car I passed seemed to be going 65 mph. Wild turkeys roamed the streets. But I didnt feel far from home . until I lost cell phone service. The E at the top of my phone disap peared, and SIRI, the voice on the iPhone GPS that gives me directions, went silent. I pulled up the map app and tried to get directions to the Interstate. An error mes sage popped up: Unable to connect to the Internet. I pulled off the side of the road and tried again. Same error. I clicked Get Directions, and nothing happened. My heart started to beat in my throat. How was I going to get home now? These days, I know road names like I know phone numbers and email addresses. My phone does it for me. I clicked the arrow at the bottom of the screen to at least figure out where I was. A new error message appeared: Your location cannot be determined. I stared at the screen in horror. If SIRI didnt know where I was, how was I to know? All at once I felt very alone stranded by the cool voice on my iPhone. How could SIRI do this to me? I got back on the road and headed in the direction I thought was north. After seven miles, my location reappeared on the screen. Phew! Id been found! But the Directions function still wasnt working. There was no Internet. So I clung to the sliding, blinking blue dot on the map, at this point the only real proof, basically, that I existed. I was in survival mode, praying that the blue dot didnt disappear again. Soon, however, my cavewoman instincts took over. You know, the ones that recognize mile markers, mailboxes and signs outside country stores. I would get back home with or without SIRI. Thirty miles later, I was just outside a major city. Rolling up to the first traffic light Id seen in about an hour, I felt like a lost woodsman coming out of the forest with battle scars and hair that hasnt been cut in weeks. I looked at people in cars to my left and right. Didnt they know what Id just been through, that Id been lost without the Internet to guide me? People smiled back at me like I hadnt just come back from the brink of nonexistence: disappearing from the iPhone map? When I pulled onto the Interstate and merged with oncoming traffic equal ly unaware of my close call, SIRIs voice returned. Go north for 70 miles, she said cheerfully. Then turn right. But I wasnt taking any chances. Not with the same SIRI who deserted me before. So I dialed my husband to ask for directions. He didnt answer. I think he might have screened me. March 21 1917 Loretta Walsh becomes first woman Navy petty offi cer when sworn in as Chief Yeoman. 1919 Navy installs and tests Sperry gyrocompass, in first instance of test of aircraft gyro compass. 1930 The Martin XT5M-1, is the first dive bomber designed to deliver a l,000-pound bomb. 1945 Bureau of Aeronautics initiates rocket-powered sur face-to-air guided missile development by awarding con tract to Fairchild. 1957 An A3D-1 Skywarrior, piloted by Cmdr. Dale Cox Jr., broke two transcontinen tal speed records; one for the round trip from Los Angeles, Calif., to New York, N.Y., in 9 hours 31 minutes and the other for the east to west flight in 5 hours 12 minutes. March 22 1820 Commodore Stephen Decatur dies after duel with Capt. James Barron. 1915 Naval Aviator replaces Navy Air Pilot for officers qualified as aviators. 1929 Navy ships protect Americans and their property during Mexican revolution. 1946 USS Missouri (BB-63) departs U.S. to return body of deceased Turkish ambassador to the U.S. back to Turkey for burial. 1955 A Douglas R6D of VR-3, assigned to Military Air Transport Service, crashed and exploded on Pali Kea Peak, 15 miles northwest of Honolulu, Hawaii, killing all on board. The 57 passengers and nine crew members lost in this trag edy made it the worst heavierthan-air crash in naval aviation history. March 23 1815 USS Hornet captures HMS Penguin in battle lasting 22 minute.s 1882 SecNav Hunt issues General Order No. 292 creating Office of Naval Intelligence. 1945 Carriers begin preassault strikes on Okinawa, kamikaze attacks follow. 1958 First launch of simu lated Polaris missile from sub merged tactical launcher facil ity off Calif. 1965 Lt. Cmdr. John Young, pilot of Gemini 3, completed three orbits in four hours, 53 minutes at an altitude of 224 km. Recovery was by helicop ters from USS Intrepid (CVS-11). March 24 1903 George Dewey com missioned Admiral of the Navy with the date of rank, March 2, 1899. He was the only person to hold this rank. March 25 1813 USS Essex takes Neryeda for first capture by U.S. Navy in Pacific. 1898 Assist. SecNav Theodore Roosevelt proposes Navy investigate military appli cation of Samuel Langleys fly ing machine, beginning the development of naval aviation. March 26 1942 Adm. King becomes both Chief of Naval Operations and Commander, U.S. Fleet. 1943 Battle of Komandorski Islands, prevents Japanese reinforcements from reaching Attu, Alaska. 1966 Operation Jackstay in Navys first amphibious assault in Vietnams inland waters. 1968 Operation Bold Dragon III begins in Mekong Delta. March 27 1794 Congress authorizes construction of six frigates, including USS Constitution. 1799 USS Constitution recaptures American sloop Neutrality from France. 1880 USS Constellation departs New York with food for famine victims in Ireland. The shift to summer uni form of the day for all sta tions and ships present within Commander, Navy Region Southeasts area of responsibility will take effect April 1. The uniform of the day will be service dress whites or sum mer whites for officers and chief petty officers and service dress whites or the service uniform for E1 through E6. When the iPhone loses you, is there any hope? Uniform change coming April 1

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Defense Logistics Agency Aviation and Defense Supply Center Richmond employees filled the Frank B. Lotts Conference Center during a change of command ceremony March 14 to welcome the new DLA Aviation Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. (Select) Mark Johnson and bid farewell to Brig. Gen. Scott Jansson. Senior leaders (past and present) from DLA, military and aviation industry partners, and community leaders were also in attendance at the event. Johnson comes to DLA from WrightPatterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where he served as deputy director of Logistics-Sustainment, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command. DLA Director Navy Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek officiated the ceremony. Today, we are going to celebrate what Scott has done here, said Harnitchek. Scott, you are moving on to a critical position in the Air Force where we know youll do well. Jansson s new assign ment is as the program executive officer for Weapons for the Air Force Materiel Command, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Harnitchek said Jansson quick ly found out that commanding DLA Aviation was all about parts. In typical Jansson fashion, Scott put his nose to the grindstone, collected a team and said when the Air Force wants parts, we need to have parts, plus the admiral told me not to make this a 4-star issue, Harnitchek laughingly said. And thats what it is all about, when people need parts, you work with cus tomers, suppliers, and the work force to make sure you are buying enough and on time. Scott has done that as well as anyone I have known. Harnitchek said, Scott has also been great in visiting our customers and fix ing problems. I knew this when I vis ited Fleet Readiness Center Southwest in North Island, Calif. and I couldnt drag a parts problems out of them. All they did was rave about how great Scott was. (Its a) remarkable performance (by Jansson) as a leader of an important enterprise, probably in terms of parts, the toughest one, Harnitchek said. The speed of the business here goes about as fast as the airplanes go. In his remarks Jansson said, I con sider myself richly blessed and honored to have been able to command DLA Aviation and DSCR. Jansson told the DLA Aviation work force that todays ceremony represents another change in the history of DLA Aviation and DSCR. Yes, despite the change, Im quite confident that many things will not change. Most importantly, I know that you . will continue to do what you do best, focusing with laser-like precision on performing the mission . always keeping in mind the ultimate purpose of what we do and our important role in serving that purpose. Harnitchek told the audience that Johnson is a career logistics readiness officer, who has held just about every key position in the Air Force and com manded units at squadron, group and wing levels, as well as his fair share of logistics staff positions in the joint world and back in the Air Force. Its a real thrill to have Mark back here and it is going to be a real thrill for Richmond, Harnitchek said. He is a Colonial Heights High School graduate and a graduate of Virginia Military Institute where he played golf and rugby. Its really sort of destiny, or karma if you will, that Mark has that genuine DLA blood in his veins. Im sure your granddad is smiling from up above. In speaking to team members across aviation, Johnson said, Its no secret that we are operating in an ever chang ing, uncertain fiscal environment; we cant do much about that other than stay informed and work through the challenges together. You have my com mitment that I will keep you informed to the best of my ability. Its impera tive that we work together and lean on each other as we continue to build on what Brig. Gen. Jansson has built here at this organization and as we continue to work towards meeting our directors goals. Johnson said, After three days, Im already impressed with DLA Aviations professionalism, energy, enthusiasm, and efforts you have shown in getting me up to speed. Im proud to be on your team. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Disposition Services Jacksonville, located on Roosevelt Blvd. near Collins Road, will be closed April 112 to pre pare for a systems upgrade. The facility is scheduled to reopen April 15 as train ing continues and the computer system is deployed. The organization is replacing its legacy computer system, known as DAISY, with its Reutilization Business Integration (RBI) solution. RBI is expected to provide real-time asset visibility throughout the Defense Logistics Agency supply chain. There is little or no delay between when data is entered and when it is available to other users. Items available for reutilization, transfer, donation and sales will also have increased visibility. Military units that use DLA Disposition Services save their units and taxpayers millions of dollars each year. Excess property and material turned in from the military servic es is first offered for reuse within the Department of Defense at no cost and with free shipping. Remaining items can be transferred to federal agencies or donated to state and local governments and other quali fied agencies or used to aid humanitar ian relief efforts. Safe and appropriate items can be sold to the general public. DLA Disposition Services also provides disposal solutions for hazardous waste and other materials. For more information about this closure or questions pertaining to the disposition services available at DLA Jacksonville, contact Leroy Flynn at 542-3411 x110 or at the website http:// www.dispositionservices.dla.mil/. DLA Disposition Services Jacksonville closed for trainingDLA Aviation welcomes new commander 4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013

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VP-30 Commanding Officer Capt. Mark Stevens and Capt. Reggie Howard, multi-mission branch head, Aviation Warfare Division of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations awarded naval flight officer (NFO) wings to 10 officers in the VP-30 auditorium March 8. Those recognized included: Ensign John Coughlin, Ensign Chris Crush, Ensign Joel Gillquist, Ensign Alexander Gregg, Ensign Thomas Lightbody, Ensign Edward Potts-Szoke, Ensign Brandon Reichman, Ensign Douglas Tengler, Ensign Jonathan Woolfolk and Lt. j.g. Daniel OKeefe Also receiving NFO wings was Ensign Michael Poore of the Germany Navy who is part of a foreign exchange program that exposes naval officers from allied nations to standard U.S. naval aviation training. VP-30 was honored to have Lt. Col. Arne Heitzman, com manding officer, 2nd Training Squadron of the German Navy in attendance at the ceremony. The recipients all completed the Undergraduate Maritime Flight Officer (UMFO) syllabus at VP-30, earning their coveted wings of gold. These newly winged avia tors will now enroll in the CAT I Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) syllabus at VP-30. Upon completion of the CAT I syllabus, they will report to operational Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance squad rons to begin their initial sea tours in either Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, Whidbey Island, Wash., or NAS Jacksonville. The NFO training pipeline begins with Aviation Preflight Introduction (API) instruction in Pensacola, where all avia tion officers undergo a class room syllabus and taught the basics of naval aviation which includes aerodynamics, meteo rology and principles of navi gation. After completing API, all student NFOs report for pri mary training at VT-10 at NAS Pensacola. While assigned to VT-10 they transition from a classroom learning environment to initial airborne flight training in the T-6A Texan II. Upon comple tion of primary flight training at NAS Pensacola, officers who are selected for the P-3, EP-3 or P-8 training pipeline report to VP-30 for specific aircraft training. As VP-5 transitions to the P-8A Poseidon the squadron is highlighting a transitioning Mad Fox each week. This weeks spotlight is AWO2(NAC) Sean Settles. Settles is from Godfrey, Ill. and a military fam ily. His grandfather, great uncle, and brother all served in the U.S. Navy. He is married with twin daughters who were born during his most recent deployment to the 7th Fleet area of responsibil ity in Okinawa, Japan. Settles is one of VP-5s acoustic operators. As an aircrewman, his job rests primarily with identify ing subsurface contacts using the P-8As acous tic sensors and deployed sonobuoys. These buoys are released from the air craft and record acous tic information from the ocean environment. Using this information, he can classify a sound signature as either a sub mersible or surface ship and can even tell what type of submarine it is. The P-8A utilizes two acoustic operators orga nized with Sensor Station Two being the junior operator and Sensor Station One (SS1) the senior. As a recently qualified SS1, he believes that the greatest chal lenge during the transi tion has been separating his knowledge of similar P-3C systems to the new and more efficient P-8A systems. The difference is like night and day on the Poseidon, claimed Settles. I can already see why it is the hottest new air craft in the Navys fleet and am very excited to be part of the transition pro cess. VP-5s naval aircrew VP-30 wings Navys newest naval flight officers JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013 5

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6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013 The Tridents of VP-26 recently added another accomplishment to their 70-year history when they were named the 2012 Naval Air Force Atlantic Battle Efficiency (Battle E) winner in the VP category. Since its inception nearly seven decades ago, Team Trident has been awarded the Battle E award six times. The Battle E recognizes combat readiness and sustained superior performance of a squadron in an operational environment. VP-26 returned from an arduous U.S. 5th Fleet deployment in June 2012, where Team Trident exe cuted more than 700 combat missions and more than 6,120 mishap-free flight hours in support of oper ations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom while achieving a 99.5 percent mission completion rate. According to VP-26 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Erik Thors, Team Trident also recently surpassed 50 years of mishap-free flying, totaling 338,560 hours. The guiding principles of pride, professionalism and purpose are the cornerstone of everything we do at VP-26, explained Thors. It is with sincere pride that we serve our nation and Navy and look forward to another seven decades of Trident excellence, he continued. Grading metrics for attaining the Battle E include: operational achievement, training, inspection accom plishments, material and personnel readiness, avia tion safety, weapon systems and tactics development, qualification milestones, reenlistment and retention statistics and inspection results. Thor added that VP-26 will display its 2012 Battle E award in the squadrons Hall of Heroes. Its our way of honoring the many Sailors, chiefs and officers who served, and continue to serve, our great nation as a member of Team Trident, said Thors. The Tridents trace their history back to 1943, when the squadron flew the Consolidated PB4Y-1 Liberator, a four-engine, land-based maritime patrol aircraft designed to track and destroy German U-boats. VP-26 is in the final stages of its 12-month InterDeployment Readiness Cycle. They are currently executing their operational read iness evaluation as they prepare for evaluation by the Fleet NATOPS Evaluation Team before deploying their venerable Lockheed P-3C Orions this summer to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

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Jacksonville. Symposium attendees can register for a host of events, including the Scholarship Golf Tournament and 5K, Flight Suit Social and Heritage Dinner. The Heritage Dinner, which will highlight the inter national partnerships of the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF), will also serve as a ceremony for two new Hall of Honor inductees from the MPRF community. The International Partnerships theme this year has really allowed us to step back and recognize the cooperative efforts of all of our maritime patrol and reconnaissance colleagues around the world, said VP-30 Commanding Officer Capt. Mark Stevens, pres ident of MPA. We look forward to celebrating our intertwined heritage and our bright future with all of our symposium attendees. For more information and to register, go to: www. maritimepatrolassociation.org/symposium. MPA SCHOOLment, continued Reid. My wife (Lori)and I have six children andpartici pation in youth intervention, such asChallenge Day, affords an opportunity for my familyto seecompas sion is an important aspect of leadership. I volunteered to be of service to others. I remem ber when I was in middle and high school and I lived above my waterline. I enjoy volunteering to help encourage students to drop the waterline and to share and express their true selves instead of hiding who they are to fit in at school or in their communi ty, added IT2(IDW/SW) Tranette Harding of the NAS Jax Security Managers Office. NAS Jax Sailors partner with numerous schools in the Jacksonville area as part of the Project Navy Appreciating and Valuing Youth program which was initiated in 2011. Its a win-win partnership and real ly a great idea to get our Sailors involved out in the schools and help these students, said NAS Jax School Liaison Officer Dawn Mills. Challenge Day is a nationally recognized not-forprofit program that was founded in 1987. The organi zation offers programs throughout the United States to help students Be the Change movement. We are here to help kids deal with their emotions and to learn how to just be who they are. Ive con ducted 800 workshops around the country at various schools and have touched 8,000 lives with this pro gram so I hope its impacted some of their lives, said Challenge Day Leader Jen Wilson. This organization has been around since 1987 and its really all about learning to be yourself. Thousands of kids attempt suicide each week and many actually go through with it so if we can make a difference by teaching them strategies for positive change and how to deal with relationships hopefully we can prevent these trag edies. For more information, go to www.challengeday.org. SPOTLIGHTman operators have been training through a series of lectures, tabletop device sessions, and interactive courseware. Furthermore, every Mad Fox operator recently qualified as a P-8A observer. Settles recently received his first introduction flight on the P-8A and looks forward to many more throughout the transition process. VP-5 has been transitioning to the P-8A Poseidon since Jan. 4. NAS Jacksonvilles weekly newspaper, Jax Air News has placed second in the Metro Category (civilian enterprise) of the 2012 Russell Egnor Navy Media Awards. This is the seventh time the newspaper has placed in the Chief of Naval Informationsponsored awards competition in the past 11 years. Each year, the Navy holds the internal media award competition to promote excellence in Navy jour nalism, photography, videography and graphic arts among Navy commands, public affairs and visual information specialists. The program is named after retired JOCS Russell Egnor who served as an active duty and reserve jour nalist for more than 40 years. NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Bob Sanders congratulated the NAS Jax Public Affairs team. Congratulations to the NAS Jax Public Affairs (PA) Team and the tenant commands that support them. The PA team makes our weekly newspaper the most informative Navy newspaper I have ever read and we are very proud of their continued accomplish ments. Jax Air News staff, led by Editor Clark Pierce, pro duces an outstanding weekly publication, said NAS Jax Public Affairs Officer Miriam Gallet. Our weekly, award-winning newspaper is a com prehensive mix of the tenant commands operation al accomplishments, community relations projects, sporting events and other newsworthy events. The staff works around the clock to ensure all events are covered by working closely with tenants collateral duty PA personnel and major command PAOs who contribute immensely to the paper. Their hard work paid off in winning another CHINFO award, she con tinued. Jax Air News established in 1943, was the first mili tary publication by The Florida Times-Union when the contract was signed Nov. 7, 2001. It currently publishes three military papers: Jax Air News; Mayport Mirror at NS Mayport, and The Periscope at NSB Kings Bay, Ga. Winning this award was definitely a team effort between our staff and colleagues at The Florida TimesUnion, said Jax Air News Editor Clark Pierce, who has been on staff for four years. Our Military Publications publisher, Ellen Rykert, keeps a keen eye on every aspect of our weekly pro duction cycle. Graphic Designer George Atchley is truly a creative genius. He consistently comes up with eye-catching layouts that grab our readers attention and keep our paper looking fresh. And the sales team promotes Jax Air News as an effective medium for advertisers to reach Northeast Floridas military community, added Pierce. I especially want to thank NAS Jax Public Affairs Specialist Kaylee LaRocque for all she contributes each and every day to keep the Jax Air News informa tive and interesting for our readers.Jax Air News places second in worldwide Navy media competition 8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Phil Hageman and Angela Reddish were named the 2012 Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) Senior and Junior Civilians of the Year March 7. Hageman is a management and program analyst in the CNRSE Strategy and Future Requirements Department. His direct involvement in the Contract Acquisition Management Office (CAMO) process has contributed to the success of a region-wide implementation, and his development of detailed tuto rials for training and process documentation are the bench mark nationwide, said Dennis ORear, Hagemans supervisor. Phil, day in and day out, approaches his job the same way. He is always extremely professional and provides superb service to those he sup ports, ORear said. Hageman said it was the efforts of his co-workers that were most instrumental to his selection. Receiving this award is an honor. Im humbled, grateful and especially thankful for my CNRSE colleagues. They made possible the opportunity to apply skills to improve busi ness processes leading to our success, he said. To everyone associated with my work, my deepest appre ciation for your understand ing and patience as we devel oped and implemented new business processes. Process improvement is not always easy, but positive attitude, cou pled with desire for improve ment, overcame many obsta cles. Reddish serves as the Regional Dispatch Center (RDC) supervisor and is responsible for the oversight and execution of emergen cy dispatch services for eight installations. Throughout the year, Reddish trained 25 new dis patchers, generated and reviewed more than 750 obser vation reports, revised 30 dis patching SOPs and processed more than 50 installation dis patch inquiry forms. She also serves as the Criminal Justice Information Systems terminal agency coordinator. Angie is a seasoned 911 and first-response dispatch expert, said Thomas Fasanello, Reddishs supervisor. She has a great working relationship and rapport with installation first responders under RDC cognizance, as well as municipal 911 coordinators outside our installations fence lines. Her tireless dedication to public safety is greatly respect ed by subordinates and seniors alike. Like Hageman, Reddish also cited her co-workers as a major source of inspiration and claimed they have been instrumental to her success at CNRSE. My supervisors provide great support toward contin ued upgrades in technology and training, she said. The Southeast Region is served by some of the best trained, dedicated and expe rienced emergency dispatch ers. I am happy to have the opportunity to work with such a dedicated staff and Im proud of the mission, which ultimate ly will save lives and property. I am thrilled to be recognized as a member of an outstanding team of dedicated profession als. Individual selection crite ria for the awards was based upon exemplary performance of tasks, contributions that enhanced organization accom plishment of command objec tives, mission, teamwork or public image, and ones profes sional attitude toward self and others. Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Kiwus presented the Meritorious Civilian Service Award to Bruce Pastorini, senior construction manager, March 11 as his family and co-workers looked on. Pastorini was recognized for out standing performance while serv ing as NAVFAC Southeasts senior construction manager in the Capital Improvements Business Line Core, Construction Management Branch at NAS Jacksonville, from March 2008 through September 2012. Bruce developed a plan to pro vide the required training to NAVFAC Southeasts construction managers (CMs) and construction engineering technicians (ETs) developing a coop erative agreement with the University of North Florida to teach the eight-hour Construction Quality Management for Contractors (CQM-C) course, that is a requirement for the principals of NAVFACs Construction Contractor Partners as well as our CMs and ETs, said Capt. Christopher Kiwus, NAVFAC Southeast commanding officer. Pastorini also facilitated the current Construction Community of Practice meetings that help tie construction field offices together by using best practices and lessons learned in the pursuit of common construction business prac tices. During this time, Pastorini was inte gral to rebuilding the Construction Management Branch staff while going through the BRAC process when NAVFAC Southern Division, Navy Public Works Center Jacksonville and the Engineering Field Activity Jacksonville disestablished and NAVFAC Southeast was established, said Doug Dangerfield, NAVFAC Southeast capital improvements busi ness line coordinator and chief engi neer. Kiwus said, Pastorinis initiative, professionalism, and dedication to duty reflect great credit upon him and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Navy. CNRSE announces 2012 Civilians of the Year Pastorini receives Meritorious Civilian Service Award 10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Federal civilian employees could see their Thrift Savings Plan contributions reduced if furloughs take effect. The Thrift Savings Plan is a retirement savings and invest ment plan for federal employ ees and members of the uni formed services, including the Ready Reserve. Employees who have select ed their TSP contribution to be a percentage of their pay will see smaller contributions dur ing the furlough period due to their reduced pay, said Navy Cmdr. Leslie Hull-Ryde, a Defense Department spokes woman. For example, an employee who earns $1,000 of basic pay every two-week pay period and contributes 10 percent of it to the TSP would make a $100 TSP contribution during a normal pay period. However, if the employee is furloughed for two days per pay period, his or her basic pay would decrease to $800. As a result, the TSP con tribution would be $80 per pay period. Employees who contrib ute a set dollar amount wont see that amount change with a reduction in pay, Hull-Ryde said. For this reason, now is a good time to review TSP con tribution amounts to see if they are appropriate, Thrift Savings Plan officials said. Basic pay reductions also will affect the matching funds contributed by the Defense Department and other agen cies. According to a Thrift Savings Plan news release, any reduction in pay will propor tionally decrease the matching funds contribution, regardless of whether employees contrib ute a percentage of their pay or a set dollar amount. The furloughs may cause financial hardship for some employees, and in those cases they may consider making a hardship withdrawal from their TSP fund. Such withdraw als have several restrictions: drawal, you will not be able to make any TSP contributions for six months after having received your funds. your contributions and the earnings associated with them, and the total amount cannot exceed your financial hard ship. on the taxable portion of any withdrawal, and you may also be subject to a 10 percent early withdrawal penalty tax. Employees Retirement System participant, you will not receive agency matching con tributions. cannot be repaid, so your TSP account is permanently reduced by the amount of your withdrawal. A better option may be tak ing a loan against your TSP, officials said. Loans can be repaid -plus interest -but the account continues to accrue earnings even as the loan is paid back. TSP officials recommend that employees think carefully before decreasing or stopping their traditional TSP contribu tions. Those contributions are sub tracted from pre-tax income, and terminating the contribu tions could increase income tax liability. Roth TSP contri butions are subtracted from employees after-tax income, and changes will not affect tax liability. One of the great things about your TSP contributions, no matter how small, is that the earnings compound over time. If you stop your contributions, even for a short time, youll miss this opportunity altogeth er, the news release said. Federal Employees Retirement System participants would, in effect, be losing free money by stopping their con tributions, because matching contributions also would stop, officials said. A free iPhone app for the Thrift Savings Plan available at the Apple App Store could pose a security risk, program officials warned. A notice on the Thrift Savings Plan website says the TSP Funds app, which asks participants for their account login information, is not sanc tioned. This app is not being offered through the TSP, and the TSP does not recommend using this application to access your TSP account, the notice says. Providing this information could result in a security risk to your account. The Thrift Savings Plan is a retire ment savings and investment plan for federal employees and members of the uniformed services, including the Ready Reserve. It was established by Congress in the Federal Employees Retirement System Act of 1986 and offers the same types of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under 401(k) plans. The NAS Jax Safety Office is offering a driver improvement class March 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Building 1. The class is specifically for dependent young drivers between the ages of 15 and 21 years old. They do not have to have a drivers license to attend. The class will offer safety tips, how to respond to driving emergencies, bring awareness to risks of driving and much more. There will be videos, chapter quizzes and the course concludes with a mul tiple choice question test. There will not be any time behind the wheel, only classroom ses sion. Students will earn AAA Driver Improvement Class completion certifi cates. If you feel your teen can benefit from this course, call Linda at 542-3082 or Cindy at 542-2584 to sign them up. Dear Kate, How much energy I can really save from habit changes? Signed, Skeptical Kate Sez, I hate to say it because it sounds unpatriotic, but frankly, Americans waste a lot of energy. Studies show that 50 percent of the energy that is deliv ered to the home via electricity wires or natural gas lines is wasted. For example, how many times have you had lights on in a room with no one in it? Thats waste. So, we find that 10 percent sav ings from habit changes is not hard to achieve. Many homeowners and renters actually save 20 percent or more each month. Sometimes, visitors stay with you or there is a heat wave, but 10 to 20 percent average savings over a year is really doable. Time to get started!Furlough to affect Thrift Savings Plan contributionsTSP officials warn against unsanctioned appTeen driving class being offered All NAS Jax active duty officer spous es are invited to a special event at the T-Bar, April 23 from 5 7 p.m. The NAS Jax All Officers Spouses Club is focused on building camarade rie, offering support and sharing helpful information. There is no membership fee to par ticipate. Please RSVP Pam Undersander at roypam5@gmail.com by April 3. In the March 7 issue of Jax Air News on Page 10, IS1 Cedrick Green of VP-5 was identified as IT1 Green in the arti cle and photograph. We regret this error. Officers Spouses Club Social on April 23 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013 11

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NAS Jax squadrons exceed charitable goalsFour squadrons (VP-5, VP-8, VP-16 and VP-26) assigned to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 (CPRW11), along with VP-30 and local Sea Cadets, recently devoted their vol unteer efforts to a pair of community relations projects Rethreaded and K9s for Warriors. When President Barack Obama des ignated January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we stepped up to do our part by supporting Rethreaded, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to help sew a new story for people affected by the illicit sex trade whether local or international, said VP-26 Command Services Officer, Lt. Cmdr. John Dzialoski. Rethreaded assists victims of human traffickers who have been denied their freedom. Human trafficking is a multibillion dollar industry founded on the exploitation of vulnerable members of society, mostly women and children. The vision of Rethreaded, located in downtown Jacksonville, is to dimin ish the sex trade by fighting business with business on a global and local level through safe and dignified work for sur vivors of the sex trade. Their 2013 goal is to employ seven survivors of human trafficking by accepting donations of clean, new or used, cotton T-shirts, that are then up-cycled and sewn into new garments and other salable items. To help Rethreaded reach its goal, the VP-26 Tridents conducted a T-shirt drive through the month of February. As a result, CPRW-11 squadrons VP-30 and local Sea Cadets donated more than 3,300 shirts to support the fight against human trafficking. K9s for Warriors, located in Ponte Vedra, provides rescued canines to ser vice members suffering from post-trau matic stress syndrome (PTSS) as a result of conflicts after 9/11. They help war riors return to civilian life with dignity and independence by pairing, train ing and graduating K9/warrior teams, explained Dzialoski. Each warrior completes approxi mately 120 hours of training and takes a written test and two practical tests with his or her K9 teammate. This year, K9s for Warriors is striving to graduate 50 K9/warrior teams from their program. CPRW-11 Sailors fed, walked and acclimated service dogs; conducted grounds upkeep and met with warriors every Saturday in February. Sailors donated 352 volunteer service hours, completing all of the organizations facility project goals for 2013. These efforts aided K9s for Warriors in their mission to serve those who have sac rificed much in the fight for freedom around the world.To learn more about K9s for Warriors or Rethreaded, visit them online at: http:// www.k9sforwarriors.org or http://www. rethreaded.com. 12 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Hagel directs review of Distinguished Warfare MedalIn light of recent discussions concerning the new Distinguished Warfare Medal and its order of prece dence relative to other military decorations, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of the award, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said on March 12. Little said Hagel directed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to con duct the review and expects to make a decision about the medals fate after assessing the findings. Secretary Hagel consulted with the chairman, the Joint Chiefs and the service secretaries and knows that the decision to establish the medal was carefully and thoroughly analyzed within the Department of Defense, Little said. Opponents of the medal question the hierarchy of technology-driven warfare such as unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned underwater vehicles, missile defense and cyber capabilities, as the operators may not be anywhere near a combat zone. Production of the medal has stopped, Little said, adding that there are, so far, no nominations for it, allowing time to make a final decision. Little noted that the secretary has a long history of involvement and membership with veteran service organizations, including a stint as head of the USO. Hes heard their concerns, hes heard the concerns of others, and he believes that its prudent to take into account those concerns and conduct this review, Little said. His style as a leader is to be [decisive] and also to be a ready listener. Relay For Life: Military families wantedMilitary family teams are forming for the Relay for Life at Fleming Island High School May 3. The event remembers those who have lost their battle with cancer, support and encourage those who are fighting, and celebrate those who have survived their battle with cancer. If you are interested, please call (207) 730-3294. For more details, visit the Relay for life Web site at www. relayforlife.org/flemingis landfl. The team is called JAX MILITARY FAMILIES. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013 13

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The 2013 Seabee Anniversary Ball took place at the Omni Hotel in Jacksonville on March 9 celebrat ing the Seabees 71st, Naval Facilities Engineering Commands (NAVFAC) 171st, and Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) 146th birthdays. Seabees attached to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14, Construction Battalion Mobile Unit 202 detach ments Jacksonville and Kings Bay, civil ians and CEC Officers from NAVFAC Southeast, service members from other military branches, and distinguished guests took part in the formal event rec ognizing the many contributions of the Seabees throughout history. This years celebration had over 300 in attendance. NAVFAC Southeast Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Kiwus spoke about the importance and relevance of the Seabee force in today's Navy acknowledging Seabees from the tribase area and thanked them for their dedication. "NAVFAC has a fantastic reputa tion and I am honored to be part of the team," said Kiwus. We have been entrusted with the warfighters sched ules and requirements and we must be vigilant to not allow these special trusts to be wasted or abused. Kiwus introduced the guest speaker, Rear Adm. Jack Scorby, commander, Navy Region Southeast, who shared some of the history and his personal experiences with the Seabees. We pause to think about the Seabees every March to celebrate their estab lishment soon after Pearl Harbor and to this very day because they have always answered our nations call to service, said Scorby. It is hard to believe that at the high point during World War II, there were over 300,000 Seabees supporting the war effort which is almost as many Sailors as we have in our entire Navy today. Scorby thanked the spouses of Seabees as he understands the chal lenges faced with the many deploy ments they support. He mentioned it is important to recognize the sacrifices of a Seabee family in support of the Navy family. You know you are a Seabee spouse if you can fix the refrigerator, the washer and do an oil change while your Seabee is on deployment, joked Scorby while reading answers Seabee wives made to the question, You know you are a Seabee spouse if. Scorby and Kiwus also devoted time to present the Peggy B. Craig Lifetime Service Award to Arthur Mosley with NAS Jax Public Works Department. The award is granted to persons recognized for 20 or more years of "selfless and ded icated" service to NAVFAC, the 1st Naval Construction Division, the Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering, or any subordinate unit. SWCS Jose Torres, NAVFAC Southeast senior enlisted advisor, attended the anniversary ball with his wife Kerri and their 17-year-old son, Carlos. It has been a great honor to be able to serve my time in the Navy as a Seabee, said Torres. As a Seabee, I have had the chance to make a positive impact to world events supporting forward deployed Sailors, Marines, Airman and Soldiers. We have a proud history since our inception and I am glad I have been part of some of legendary events other services remem ber about Seabees. Torres noted he was pleasantly sur prised to see so many local Seabees come together to celebrate their 71st birthday. We came together to make it a great time for all, said Torres. Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast recognized Public Works Department (PWD) Jacksonvilles Supervisory Engineering Technician Arthur Mosley with a lifetime service award during its annual Seabee Ball on March 9. Mosley was presented the Peggy Craig Life Service Award by Rear Adm. Jack Scorby, Jr., commander, Navy Region Southeast and Capt. Christopher Kiwus, NAVFAC Southeast commanding officer, during the annual celebration of the anniversaries of the Seabees, Civil Engineer Corps, and NAVFAC. Winning this award took me by surprise because I never anticipated receiving an award for simply doing what I love, said Mosley. I can attribute this to all of those who I have worked with over the years. The award was created recognizing employees for 20 or more years of selfless and dedicated service to NAVFAC, the 1st Naval Construction Division, the Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering, or any subordinate unit. Mosley is part of the history of NAVFAC Southeast. He began with the NAVFAC family in 1975 and cur rently has 37 years of service with the federal govern ment. As described in his award, he is a dedicated leader and mentor and has developed close relationships with his staff that extends into their families. He is a recognized expert in safety, quality assur ance and general construction execution, said NAS Jacksonvilles Public Works Officer Cmdr. Anant Patel. His extensive experience in the singular field of construction has made him a sought after authority, which he is always eager to assist anyone at anytime. Mosley is a unique man who has achieved much in his career by providing unyielding support to his peers and the commands leadership team. He takes great pride in developing junior officers by taking them on site visits and providing them with the needed field experience to bolster their construction knowledge, said Patel. His personal devotion and leadership extends throughout and beyond the PWD organization at NAS Jacksonville. Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Executive Officer Capt. Scott Hurst recog nized BU1 Douglas Bennett dur ing the` 2013 Engineers Week Awards Banquet held on March 2 at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville. Bennett is a project supervisor assigned to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 202, Detachment Jacksonville at NAS Jacksonville. Bennett was presented the Enlisted Achievement Award at the North East Florida Engineers Week event where more than 100 people attended. 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recognizing National Engineers Week. I was happy and very pleased that the organi zation recognized what we do for our country and the Civil Engineer Corps, said Bennett. Seabees are such a small part of the Navy. The award recognizes individuals from the uni formed services and pri vate sector supporting the engineering profes sion, the nations national security objectives and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Strategic Plan, which promotes recogni tion for the internal and external accomplishment of SAME members. Bennetts completion of construction programs is directly attributable to the significant improve ment of personnel sup port, welfare, and recre ation at NAS Jacksonville. He has supervised many projects since he began with the NAVFAC family more than 15 years ago. As described in his award, Bennetts efforts as a leader play an impor tant role in enabling the stations overall effort to not only perform its mis sion, but be voted as the Best in the Navy for two straight years. Bennett has a distinct manner in which he effectively trains, men tors, and develops future leaders of the Naval Construction Force; he conducts meaning ful career development boards and serves as an instructor for newly pro moted petty officers. Petty Officer Bennett is a talented builder. He performs at a high level but more importantly, his dedication in mentoring his troops and guiding them in proper construc tion practices makes him an attractive candidate for the award, said SWCS Jose Torres, NAVFAC Southeast senior enlisted leader. We are very proud of his accomplishments throughout the year. SEABEE More than 150 NAS Jacksonville personnel participated in the annual Leprechaun Dash 5K March 15. The event was sponsored by the NAS Jax Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department. Taking first overall and in the mens 40-44 and under category, was Andy Patterson of VP-30 with a time of 17:53. In first for the women and first in the womens 38-44 category was Sarah Reed of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast (NAVFAC SE) with a time of 20:22. Other finishers were: The event was sponsored by the University of Phoenix and HD Supply Maintenance Solutions. The next run is the Capt. Chuck Cornett Navy 10K Run April 6. Volunteers are needed to help with this event. For more information, call 542-3518/2930. For more info, call Bill Bonser at 5422930/3239 or e-mail bill.bonser@navy.mil Runners make Leprechaun Dash Registration form: 1stplacesports.com facebook.com/NASJAXMWR Call (904) 542-2930 / 3518 for more info. Saturday, April 6, 2013 @ 8 a.m.NEX PArking LotEntry Fees$15 Military $20 Base Personnel $25 Race Day EntryRace eventsNavy Run Zumba Party:11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Hummvee Pull: April 4 at 2 p.m. Athletic Shoe & Apparel SALE: Registration deadline is March 18! 16 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013

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JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013 17 MWR Facilities impacted by CR/Sequestration The following Commander, Navy Installations Command guidance on reduced funding impacts all NAS Jacksonville Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department facilities. The overall objective is to identify prudent reductions that are reversible and protective of support to forces operating forward first, preserve to the best of ability, the support for the fleet, fighter and family. The Department of the Navy directed reduction in expenditures relates to appropriated funds (APF) and specifically impacts to MWR programs. The reduction in APF funding for these programs will directly impact non-appropriated funds available to run these programs. Fitness Hours of operation for fitness centers will be reduced to 90 hours per week. In order to comply with this directive, 10 hours per week have been reduced. New hours will meet times of highest utilization. The Zone Gymnasium operations will be as follows: MondayThursday (5 a.m. to 8 p.m.); Friday (5 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Saturday-Sunday (closed). The fitness center hours will be: Monday-Thursday (5 a.m. to 8 p.m.); Friday (5 a.m. to 7 p.m.); Saturday-Sunday (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Swimming pools will reduce costs by 20 percent from FY12 controls. Only one pool will be open per instal lation. The outdoor swimming pool will be open for lap swimming and physical readiness testing April 1 through June 7 the following days and times: MondayFriday (6-8 a.m.), (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and (4:30-7 p.m.). During the month of May, the outdoor pool will also be open on Saturday-Sunday (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for lap swimming and open recreation. Beginning June 10 through Sept. 8, the pool will operate Monday-Friday (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Saturday-Sunday (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), in addition the pool will be open for lap swim ming (6-8 a.m.). Swim lessons will take place MondayThursday (8-11 a.m.). The indoor swimming pool will remain closed until October 2013 for recreation and lap swimming. There will be a 25 percent reduction in the intramu ral sports programs from FY12 third and fourth quar ter levels with cuts coming primarily from officiating expenses. Captains Cup competitions will continue with condensed scheduling; winners will be based on double elimination tournaments, officials will be provided. If the teams agree to a round robin competition, volunteer officials will be utilized. Single and dual sporting events will not have officials. Greybeard league will have volun teer officials. There will be a reduction to group exercise classes from 16 classes to 12 classes per week. Classes with vol unteer instructors will continue. Classes will include spin, muscle max, Zumba, Pilates, power yoga, max core and step. Class schedules will be posted at the fitness source. CFL and NOFFS classes will continue. Liberty Hours of operation for the Liberty Center will not exceed 50 hours per week. Liberty hours will be as follows: Monday-Friday (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and (4-10 p.m.); Saturday, holidays (Noon to 10 p.m.) and Sundays (closed). Trips will not receive NAF subsidy. Off base trips will no longer be subsidized. Transportation will be provided. Awarding of gift cards and other prizes will be elimi nated unless part of a sponsorship program. Category B Programs Operating hours for MWR CAT B programs (auto skills, outdoor recreation, etc) will be reduced and facilities closed as program consolidations are completed. The Auto Skills Center hours of operation will be: Monday (Noon to 8 p.m.); Tuesday-Wednesday (closed); Thursday-Friday (noon to 8 p.m.); Saturday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.); Sunday (closed) and holidays (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Outdoor recreation and the marina will operate under the following: Monday (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.); TuesdayWednesday (closed); Thursday (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.); Friday (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.); Saturday-Sunday (7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.) and holidays (7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.). Child Development Center no change in operations. School Age Care Programs no impact to operations. This program also supports summer and holiday camps which will be business as usual. Youth open recreation and teen program hours will be cancelled. Normally the center operated Tuesday-Friday (6-8 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Youth using the center averaged approximately four per day. No unit allocation funds will be distributed in the third and fourth quarters. All Programs Equipment replacement/maintenance is currently being deferred unless there is an immediate operational impact. No free set-up of tents, chairs and/or tables unless it is in support of a signed contract with an MWR catering facility. If MWR is catering an event, tents, tables and chairs will be provided at no additional cost. A set-up fee will be charged if not in support of a catered event. Special Event/Entertainment Special/community events to include family and fit ness events will be canceled unless funded 100 per cent by commercial sponsorship/advertising. Funding from region/installation NAF budgets is not authorized. Special events supporting the Easter Egg Hunt (March 27) Chuck Cornett Navy Run (April 6), Bass Tournament (April 13) and Month of Military Child Carnival (April 20) will take place thanks to sponsorship and advertising financial support. The need for MWR CAT C programs (restaurants, bowling, golf, etc,) to generate NAF revenue is greater due to the APF reductions. Continued operation of these programs is authorized but these programs should be under continuous review to gain operating efficiencies. For more information, call the MWR Administration office at 542-3111. Enhancing Medical Home Port team care at Naval Hospital JacksonvilleThe Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) Medical Home Port team visited Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville March 11-13, in support of team-based care. Medical Home Port is Navy Medicines approach to the nationwide medical home model of care, placing patients in the center of a collaborative team of caregiversfrom doctors and nurses to case managersled by the primary care manager (PCM). Staff from BUMED and NH Jacksonvilleits hos pital and five branch health clinicsdiscussed continuous improvement in team-based practice, managing change, electronic communications with patients, and measuring patient outcomes. NH Jacksonvilles Medical Home Port is seeking health care industry recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the gold stan dard in the patient-centered medical home model. BUMEDs visit provided a valuable outside per spective and support to our Medical Home Port teams in caring for our patients and improving health, said NH Jacksonville Director for Medical Services Cmdr. Troy Borema. The Medical Home Port care team and the patient work together for a coordinated, wholeperson approach to healthto meet the patients full range of needs (preventive, routine and urgent). In addition, Medical Home Port Online secure email offers patients a new way to connect with their care team for non-urgent issues. To register and log onto Medical Home Port Online, patients can visit the commands Web site at www.med.navy.mil/sites/navalhospitaljax

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DeweysCall 542-3521 Free Texas Holdem Tournaments Monday & Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday Social Hour 79 p.m., $.50 wings and $7.95 pizza your way Friday Free Entertainment at 7 p.m. March 22 Jason Lamar March 29 Ace Winn April 5 KaraokeFreedom Lanes Bowling CenterCall 542-3493. New day for free bowling for active duty Thursday 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Wednesday change of hours Open 410 p.m. Wednesday Evening Bowling Special 410 p.m. All you can bowl for $5.95 Shoe rental not included Saturday Night Extreme Bowling 46 p.m. (family themed) $8 per person 8 p.m. midnight $10 per person Price includes two hours of bowling Shoe rental included Sunday Family Day 126 p.m., $1.50 games Shoe rental not included Friday special $1 games per person 2 5 p.m. Shoe rental not included March Bowling Madness Command party give-a-way March 1-31Fitness & AquaticsCall 542-2930 The outdoor pool hours April 1 May 5 Open Monday Friday (lap swim only) 6 a.m. 8 a.m. 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday & Sunday (lap swim only) 11 a.m. 2:30 p.m. During lap swim only the waterslide, water park and concessions will not be open. 2013 Learn to Swim Program Sign-up at the Gym (the Zone) May 11, 8 a.m. 3 p.m. Session 1: June 10 20 Session 2 July 8 18 Session 3 July 22 Aug. 1 Fitness Center (located above the Youth Center Gym) Open Monday Friday 9 a.m. 1 p.m. For more information, contact Melissa at 542-3518/4238 Check-out our new fitness schedule! New classes include Muscle Max, Extreme Bootcamp and Max Core Pick-up the latest copy at the fitness center Capt. Chuck Cornett Navy Run April 6 at 8 a.m. $25 race day entry Zumba Party April 4, 11 a.m. 12 p.m. Humvee Pull April 4 at 2 p.m. Athletic shoe and apparel sale April 46, 9 a.m. 6 p.m. Sign-up at www.1stplacesports.com Call 542-2930/3518I.T.T. EventsCall 542-3318. Daytona International Speedway Subway Firecracker July 5 and Coke 400 July 6 Tickets on sale now! Jacksonville Sharks $25 per person ITT Travel Fair March 16, 9:30 a.m. 1 p.m. NEX Courtyard Win prizes! Thrasher Horne Center for the Arts Dark Side Of The Moon (Pink Floyd) April 13 at 7:30 p.m. Section A $33; Section B $28; Section C $23 A Lamb Chop Celebration April 20 at 7:30 p.m. Section A $18; Section B $14; Section C $11 Funkfest Metropolitan Park May 10-11 2-day ticket $52 Discover Disney Florida resident ticket valid for sale through June 3, 2013 Tickets are valid for redemption through June 7, 2013 Blockout Dates: March 23 April 5, 2013 Call for pricing Jacksonville Symphony $27.50 Gatorland military member is free, tickets available for family members at ITT $19.25 adult, $12.50 child, $54.25 zipline 2013 Live Broadway Series Rock of Ages April 6 Dream Girls May 21 Universal Studios Special Complimentary tickets for active duty and retirees, free 3-day, park-to-park ticket with valid military ID. Admission is valid for up to 14 days from first use. Tickets are available at ITT through March 31and must be redeemed by June 30. Ask about our special discounted tick ets for family members. Wild Adventures Theme Park Gold pass $71 Book Shade of Green, Disneyworld hotel properties, Universal hotels and off property hotels near attractions at ITT!The Vault Liberty Recreation CenterTrips, activities and costs may be restricted to E1-E6 single or unaccom panied active duty members. Call 5421335 for information. Kayaking Trip Simpson Creek March 16 at 9 a.m. Liberty Bowling Night NAS Freedom Lanes March 20, $6 per person Cummer Art Museum Trip March 26 at 6 p.m.NAS Jax Golf ClubGolf course info: 542-3249 Mulligans info: 542-2936 Military Appreciation Days $18 per person, includes cart & green fees March 26 for active duty March 14 & 28 for retirees, DoD person nel and their guests Twilight Special Daily! Play 18-holes with cart for only $16 after 1:30 p.m. every day! Monday & Tuesday Play 18-holes for $20 Cart and green fee included. Open to military, DoD and guests. Not applicable on holidays. Twilight Golf League Tuesday at 5 p.m. March 26 Aug. 27 $20 per person per weekMulberry Cove MarinaCall 542-3260. Free Kayak & Canoe Rental Every Thursday for active dutyAuto Skills CenterCall 542-3227 22 work bays, wheel balancing, tool checkout, paint booth and welding! ASE certified mechanic onsite!Youth Activities CenterCall 778-9772 Drop-in care and open recreation are available! Family Fitness Center hours are Monday Friday, 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Bring your child to work out with you! Call 778-9772 for more information. Free Easter Egg Hunt March 27 at 7 p.m. McCaffrey Softball Fields Open to children 0 12!Flying Club Call 777-8549 Private Pilot Ground School June 3 July 10 $500 per person 18 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013

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I.T.T. Travel Fair makes vacation planning easyThe 23rd annual Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) Fair was held Saturday as hundreds of visitors to the Navy Exchange complex stopped in to check out what was being offered at a variety of booths manned by representatives from hotels, attractions and base recre ational departments all offering infor mation and military discounts. VyStar Credit Union was the official sponsor of the event. We are enhancing our ITT pro gram with our vendors that support the military by offering valued pricing for hotels, attractions and events. The ven dors come here to sell their property to the patrons so they can go to ITT to purchase tickets and learn about what there is available in our area, said ITT Manager Julie Kieffer. Its a great event because we offer discounts and specials that they may not be able to get out in the community. Plus, the fees that we charge for all our events is a flat rate, there are no taxes or other charges like when you purchase on the Internet or through other com panies. Some of the vendors from area attrac tions included Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, Busch Gardens, Wet n Wild, several dinner shows and numerous hotels. We were here to go grocery shopping and I noticed the travel fair and decided this would be an excellent time to plan our summer family vacation, especially since I just returned from deployment, said Lt. j.g. Joel Pena of VP-8. Several door prizes were given out during the event. As visitors, checked out the various booths, they got a spe cial passport stamped. After getting 15 stamps, they were eligible to win an assortment of prizes donated by the vendors. If you missed this years travel fair, next years event is already in the plan ning stages. The vendors who participate in the yearly fair contribute to an increase in our Saturday sales. We really appreci ate our vendors and their professional information displays, stated Kieffer. And, as soon as this years event is over, well start working on next years travel fair. Neither MWR nor the U.S. Navy or any other part of the federal govern ment officially endorses any company, sponsor, or its products or services. VP-8 Sailors volunteer at Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife SanctuaryVP-8 Sailors worked alongside tigers and other big cats during a communi ty relations project at the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, March 5. The Sailors spent the day helping build and repaint a safety fence and putting down fertilizer in a lawn area. We are not professionals, but as Sailors, we always find a way to get the job done when necessary, said MC2(AW/SW) Pedro Rodrguez, VP-8 command photographer. I had a lot of fun doing the work we did, because it was something I dont do every day and it made me remember some of the things I used to do before I joined the Navy 10 years ago, he added. The new fence will serve as a sec ond boundary to protect people from reaching into the cats cages. It is so important to have volunteer groups help us at the ranch, because there is so much work to be done, said Kim Kyle assistant director/volun teer coordinator and handler. We are an all volunteer organization with no paid employees, so we appreciate any outside help. We always have several projects ongoing, from building new enclo sures/habitats for new rescues, to repairing fencing, building feed plat forms, den boxes, kitty cabins, paint ing, landscaping and fundraising, among others, continued Kyle. This group was amazing and we hope they can come back on a regular basis and help us. We appreciate their service to our country and our organization. Started in 1982, Catty Shack Ranch is North Floridas longest operating sanctuary. A non-profit organization, its mission is to provide a safe, lov ing, forever home for endangered big cats, and to educate the public about their plight in the wild and captivity. Current residents include tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, bobcats, arctic foxes, and coatimundis. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013 19

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20 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013 Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast celebrated National Engineers Week volunteering with the Florida Engineering Society (FES) MathCounts competition March 1 at the University of North Florida (UNF) Arena in Jacksonville. The FES sponsored event was open to middle school students in a five-county area around Jacksonville. This year 46 schools participated with teams of 4-8 students. We [the NAVFAC volunteers] welcomed the teams and chat ted with them about the oppor tunities of an engineering edu cation and encouraged them to continue to hone their math skills, said Katharine Martin, NAVFAC Southeast utilities technical branch supervisor and one of the 25 NAVFAC vol unteers. The team of volunteers also acted as proctors and graders for the written portions of the tests, amazed at the rapid cal culation skills exhibited by stu dents during the oral rounds. I would like to thank every one who participated last week in MathCounts, said NAVFAC Southeast Executive Officer Capt. Scott Hurst. I was truly impressed by the math skills of the middle school students participating in the event; I had to eat some humble pie as I looked at the questions they were answering. The MathCounts Competition Program is a national mid dle school coaching and com petitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging bee style contests. Martin and other volun teers assigned to NAVFAC Southeast, serve as role models and mentors for the students throughout the school. Martin believes continued support from role models, mentors and MathCounts competitions help increase the interest in math ematics for young scholars. I became interested in engi neering societies in a previous career, said Martin. I was encouraged to explore the field and I became an engineer. I hope I can help others make that same decision. The National MathCounts Foundation is a non-profit organization that has been working with middle school students to promote excellence in mathematics for over a quar ter century. Since the program began in 1983, over 6 million students have developed crit ical-thinking and problemsolving skills through partici pation. NAVFAC Southeast agrees that MathCounts The NAS Jacksonville Fleet and Family Support Center Life Skills Education and Support Program offers free workshops to service members and their families. The following is the 2013 schedule: May 13-16 (5:30-10 p.m.), Aug. 19-21 (8 a.m.-4 p.m.), Nov. 12-15 (5:30-10 p.m.) (7:30 a.m.4:15 p.m.) April 1-5, April. 8-12, May 6-10, May 13-17, June 3-7, June 17-21, July 8-12, July 15-19, Aug. 5-9, Aug. 19-23, Sept. 9-13, Sept. 16-20, Oct. 7-11, Oct. 21-25, Nov. 4-8, Dec. 2-6. (7:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.) March 25-29, April 15-19, May 20-24, June 24-28, July 22-26, Aug. 26-30, Sept. 23-27, Oct. 28-Nov. 1, Nov. 18-22, Dec. 16-20. (9 a.m.-noon) April 22, May 3, June 12, Aug. 16, Sept. 6, Oct. 17, Nov. 27, Dec. 11. (Noon-3 p.m.) July 2. (8-9:30 a.m.) April 10, May 30, July 15, Sept. 5, Nov. 25. (9:40 a.m.-noon) April 10, May 30, July 15, Sept. 5, Nov. 25. (7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.) May 1-2, Aug. 14-15, Nov. 13-14. (7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.) March 18-22, June 10-14, Sept. 30-Oct. 4. (8-11 a.m.) April 30, July 2, Oct. 15. Buyers (1-3:30 p.m.) April 22, May 29. Buying (9-10:30 a.m.) May 29, Aug. 12. (1:30-3 p.m.) April 11, June 13, Aug. 8, Oct. 10, Dec. 12. (1:30-4 p.m.) May 9, July 11, Sept. 12, Nov. 14. (9-11 a.m.) April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 9. (9-10:30 a.m.) April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 5. Extended Stress Management (8 a.m.-noon) April 16 & 30, July 16 & 30, Oct. 15 & 29. (8 a.m.-noon) March 26, April 23, May 21, June 25, July 23, Aug. 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 22. Personal Anger Control Group May 2 June 6 (Thursdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m.), June 25 July 30 (Tuesdays 2-4 p.m.), Aug. 15 Sept. 19 (Thursdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m.). (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) May 14, July 9, Sept. 10, Nov. 19. (1-3 p.m.) May 7, 14, 21, 28; July 9, 16, 23, 30; Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24; Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26. (1-4 p.m.) April 3, 10, 17, 24; June 5, 12, 19, 26; Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23. Group (9:30-11 a.m.) Every Wednesday (10 a.m.-noon) April 2, 16, 30; May 14, 18; June 11, 25; July 9, 23; Aug. 6, 20; Sept. 3, 17; Oct. 1, 15, 29. Exceptional Family Member Program (1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.) May. 2, July 3, Sept. 5, Nov. 7. To register, call 542-5745.FFSC offers life skills workshops

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THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013 NEW NFOS TEAM TRIDENT NEASE NJROTC Check us out Online! jaxairnews.com Hagel orders review of sex assault caseDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed two separate reviews to ensure that the U.S. military justice system is appropriately protecting victims of sex ual assault as well as dispensing justice to the accused, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said on March 12. The orders are an outgrowth of a case against Air Force Lt. Col. James Wilkerson. Last year, a panel of military officers at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, found the colonel guilty of a sexual assault. The judge sentenced him to a year in prison and dismissal from the service. Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin, the 3rd Air Force commander, was the conven ing authority for the court-martial and reviewed the finished case and sentence. The general reviewed the case over a three-week period and used his author ity under Article 60 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice to dismiss the charges against Wilkerson. He concluded that the entire body of evidence was insufficient to meet the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, Hagel wrote in a letter about the case to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). Dismissing charges like this is rare, officials said, but not unheard-of. A commander is not required to give a reason for the decision, and the com manders decision is final. Hagel ordered the Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Robert Taylor, the Defense Departments acting gener al counsel, to review the case against Wilkerson. He asked them to assess whether all aspects of the UCMJ were correctly applied and to make recommendations on how the convening authoritys deci sion in this case could be more transparent, Little said. Their report is due back to Hagel on March 20. Hagel also ordered the acting general counsel to conduct a review of Article 60 of the UCMJ the article covering the actions of the convening authority. Hagel is asking Taylor to provide an assessment of whether changes should be made in Article 60, and this assess ment is due March 27. Hagel has made it clear to military and civilian leaders that eliminating sexual assault in the military is one of his top priorities, Little said. Sexual assault is a serious crime that has no place in the department and he will not tolerate it, he added. Any member of the military that is convicted of sexual assault no mat ter his rank or position must be held appropriately accountable. U.S. service members must know that they are protected from criminal assault by a system of laws that function promptly, fairly and justly, Little said. VP-5 Pelicans naval aircrewman AWO2 Chance Passen was pinned with his naval aircrew wings by his father, AWOCS (Ret) Robert Passen during a ceremony on March 5. Passen was pinned with the wings that both his father and grandfather wore in their Navy careers continuing a proud family history of service in the maritime patrol and reconnaissance community and to our nation. The youngest Passen, a native of Pensacola, joined VP-5 a year and a half ago the same command his father and grandfather once served in. His father served for 26 years, retiring as the com mand senior chief of Mobile Tactical Operations Center Three. His commands included VP-17, VP-30, VP-24, TSC Sigonella, Italy, USS Ronald Reagan, Naval Air Technical Training Center Pensacola, Joint Crew Composite Squadron 1, VP-5, and MTOC-3. His grandfather flew on a variety of aircraft including the UH-1 Iroquois, C-121 Super Constellation, and P-3 Orion. He retired at VP-5 in 1977. Passen joins his father as a fully qualified electronic warfare sensor operator on the P-3C Orion and is currently transitioning with VP-5 to the P-8A Poseidon. Electronic warfare operators are responsible for managing the radar, electro-optical camera, and electronic support measures system. I am very proud to continue a now three-generation legacy in my family by wearing these wings, Passen commented. It means so much to me and my father to bring this tradition into a new era by transitioning to the P-8A Poseidon. VP-5 has been transitioning to the P-8A Poseidon since Jan. 4. MPA opens registration for 2013 symposiumThe Maritime Patrol Association (MPA) launched its online regis tration for the 2013 Symposium this week, building the anticipation for two days of events that will celebrate International Partnerships in mid-April. The 2013 MPA Symposium will take place April 18-19 at NAS Several Sailors from NAS Jax and tenant commands volunteered to participate in the Nathan B. Forrest High Schools Challenge Day March 13-15. Challenge Day is a program designed for students in grades 7-12 that consists of an experiential workshop during which students address topics such as gossiping, rumors, bullying, violence, various phobias, and peer pressure. They are given the opportunity to learn and/or enhance social and emotional competencies including selfawareness, self-management, socialawareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. According to ATCS(AW) Robert Reid, VP-30 Squadron Augment Unit senior enlisted leader, who volun teered March 13 at the school, the experience was a success on multiple levels.Reids son, Skylar, is a student at the school and also participated as a volunteer facilitator for the event. The atmosphere wasintention ally set to help the young adult par ticipants feel at ease and accepted for who they truly are.Games and exercises gave way to the event highlight of Crossing the Line. This piv otalevent challenges all participants, youths and adult mentors, to cross over a line each time they can directly relate to an announcers prompt ing question of hardship, explained Reid. Crossing the line served as a public acknowledgment of challeng es and pain the participantscontend with day after day.The mood dur ing the 20 to 30 iterations of cross ing the linewas somewhat somber andtearful; yet, the emotional expo sure wasstrangely uplifting as well. I participate in youth support events for a myriad of personal and professional reasons. Altruistic work has always been an integral compo nent of my own growth and developPassen presented wings by his father Sailors volunteer for schools Challenge Day

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2 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013 JAX AIR NEWS JAX AIR NEWS JAX AIR NEWS JAX AIR NEWS, JAX AIR NEWS MoneyChic Sez: Let me catch up on our topic of discussion. A Sailor and his wife are having a baby and want to know how to make the upfront costs of a baby not so expensive. The last article discussed realiz ing babies are going to be expen sive no matter what. Figuring out wants versus needs for the baby is a good place to start preparing for the newest family member. The discussion with your wife has produced a list of items you would like your baby to have, a list of items your baby will definitely need, items you are willing to buy used, and items you will only buy new. Now the shopping begins! There are many ways to save money on needed items. You can shop consignment stores for used items such as: play mats, swings, bouncer seats, bumbos, high chairs or strollers. Garage sales are also a great way to find used items. Craigslist.org also has baby items being sold by moms wanting to clean out their childrens closet. Baby clothing is also easy to buy used online or at consign ment stores/garage sales and watch for end of season sales in the stores. End of the season is the time to stock up for next year. You can guess your childs size and buy accordingly. Pant waists can always be rolled down and sleeves can be rolled up if the clothes are a tad too big. And dont hesitate to accept donations. Not sure about your child wearing used clothing? Most babies do not wear cloth ing for more than a few months because they outgrow them so quickly. For big ticket items that you will only buy new, shop around! Watch for deals at stores or on websites. Watch for end of year sales on last years model that is being phased out. The only difference between a 2012 or 2013 stroller may be the color. Look for coupon codes online for free shipping or a per centage off. Dont be store/website loyal! If you find a less expensive price online, take it to a store that carries that item and ask if they will price match. Look for specials on items you intended to purchase anyway and calculate the savings. Some stores will offer a free item with a purchase. These may sound like great deals, but calculate the savings if you were to purchase other items. My advice on two big ticket items; never buy a used car seat or crib. Car seats have an expiration date and should not be used past that date. They also should not be used if they have been in any type of car accident. Cribs are tricky because there have been so many recalls in the last couple of years. If you dont know how the crib has been cared for or how many times it has been put together or taken apart, it is a good idea to stay clear of it. Your childs safety should be a top pri ority. Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) offers a class to help you prepare financially for a baby. The Budget for Baby class is held several times monthly. For coming to the class you will also receive a free layette filled with towels, bibs, sleep n plays, and sheets for your baby. Stop by the office outside the Yorktown Gate or call 542-2832 to sign up. An NMCRS caseworker can also help put together a financial plan to show you what your finances will look like after that baby is here. Have questions for Hey, Money Chic? Drop me an e-mail at megan. stolle@nmcrs.org Im one of those people who has grown increasingly reliant on modern technology, and Im worried (not really) that its altered my mind. With auto-correct and auto-fill, I no lon ger remember peoples phone numbers or email addresses, and I cant spell some basic words beyond the first few letters. Who needs to remember how to spell a frustrating word like amateur when auto-correct only requires a-m-a-t to know what youre getting at? This is a dangerous slope. In the beginning, for me, it was Caller ID. The idea that I could knowinstantlywho was calling the house was both novel and frightening. Suddenly I could screen calls or see who had phoned but not left a message. Both functions were equally handy when I was a teenager. Somewhere along the way, however, Caller ID made me self-conscious about my hel los. Should I still answer in the form of a questionHello? Or was that essentially lying since I knew who was on the other end? Wouldnt it be better to just pick up the phone and say, Hi, ________? The worst, though, is when Caller ID hic cups and doesnt display the name of the caller. Instead, it reads, Searching. What is a person to do then? I mean, who answers the phone without knowing whos on the other end? And yet, all of these predicaments seem like eons ago now that I hardly use my house phone, or any phone at all, for that matter. Worst Scenario Ever: Youre texting with someone when suddenly your phone rings . and its them! So Ive recognized for awhile now that my conversational skills are rotting thanks to Caller ID and text messages, but until last week, I didnt realize that my sense of direction was in jeopardy, too. I was driving through a rural part of Maine, where some houses are still decorated for Christmas, but it doesnt matter because the nearest neighbor is a half-mile away. The posted speed limit was 35 mph, but every car I passed seemed to be going 65 mph. Wild turkeys roamed the streets. But I didnt feel far from home . until I lost cell phone service. The E at the top of my phone disap peared, and SIRI, the voice on the iPhone GPS that gives me directions, went silent. I pulled up the map app and tried to get directions to the Interstate. An error mes sage popped up: Unable to connect to the Internet. I pulled off the side of the road and tried again. Same error. I clicked Get Directions, and nothing happened. My heart started to beat in my throat. How was I going to get home now? These days, I know road names like I know phone numbers and email addresses. My phone does it for me. I clicked the arrow at the bottom of the screen to at least figure out where I was. A new error message appeared: Your location cannot be determined. I stared at the screen in horror. If SIRI didnt know where I was, how was I to know? All at once I felt very alone stranded by the cool voice on my iPhone. How could SIRI do this to me? I got back on the road and headed in the direction I thought was north. After seven miles, my location reappeared on the screen. Phew! Id been found! But the Directions function still wasnt working. There was no Internet. So I clung to the sliding, blinking blue dot on the map, at this point the only real proof, basically, that I existed. I was in survival mode, praying that the blue dot didnt disappear again. Soon, however, my cavewoman instincts took over. You know, the ones that recognize mile markers, mailboxes and signs outside country stores. I would get back home with or without SIRI. Thirty miles later, I was just outside a major city. Rolling up to the first traffic light Id seen in about an hour, I felt like a lost woodsman coming out of the forest with battle scars and hair that hasnt been cut in weeks. I looked at people in cars to my left and right. Didnt they know what Id just been through, that Id been lost without the Internet to guide me? People smiled back at me like I hadnt just come back from the brink of nonexistence: disappearing from the iPhone map? When I pulled onto the Interstate and merged with oncoming traffic equal ly unaware of my close call, SIRIs voice returned. Go north for 70 miles, she said cheerfully. Then turn right. But I wasnt taking any chances. Not with the same SIRI who deserted me before. So I dialed my husband to ask for directions. He didnt answer. I think he might have screened me. March 21 1917 Loretta Walsh becomes first woman Navy petty offi cer when sworn in as Chief Yeoman. 1919 Navy installs and tests Sperry gyrocompass, in first instance of test of aircraft gyrocompass. 1930 The Martin XT5M-1, is the first dive bomber designed to deliver a l,000-pound bomb. 1945 Bureau of Aeronautics initiates rocket-powered sur face-to-air guided missile development by awarding con tract to Fairchild. 1957 An A3D-1 Skywarrior, piloted by Cmdr. Dale Cox Jr., broke two transcontinen tal speed records; one for the round trip from Los Angeles, Calif., to New York, N.Y., in 9 hours 31 minutes and the other for the east to west flight in 5 hours 12 minutes. March 22 1820 Commodore Stephen Decatur dies after duel with Capt. James Barron. 1915 Naval Aviator replaces Navy Air Pilot for officers qualified as aviators. 1929 Navy ships protect Americans and their property during Mexican revolution. 1946 USS Missouri (BB-63) departs U.S. to return body of deceased Turkish ambassador to the U.S. back to Turkey for burial. 1955 A Douglas R6D of VR-3, assigned to Military Air Transport Service, crashed and exploded on Pali Kea Peak, 15 miles northwest of Honolulu, Hawaii, killing all on board. The 57 passengers and nine crew members lost in this tragedy made it the worst heavierthan-air crash in naval aviation history. March 23 1815 USS Hornet captures HMS Penguin in battle lasting 22 minute.s 1882 SecNav Hunt issues General Order No. 292 creating Office of Naval Intelligence. 1945 Carriers begin preassault strikes on Okinawa, kamikaze attacks follow. 1958 First launch of simu lated Polaris missile from sub merged tactical launcher facil ity off Calif. 1965 Lt. Cmdr. John Young, pilot of Gemini 3, completed three orbits in four hours, 53 minutes at an altitude of 224 km. Recovery was by helicop ters from USS Intrepid (CVS-11). March 24 1903 George Dewey com missioned Admiral of the Navy with the date of rank, March 2, 1899. He was the only person to hold this rank. March 25 1813 USS Essex takes Neryeda for first capture by U.S. Navy in Pacific. 1898 Assist. SecNav Theodore Roosevelt proposes Navy investigate military application of Samuel Langleys flying machine, beginning the development of naval aviation. March 26 1942 Adm. King becomes both Chief of Naval Operations and Commander, U.S. Fleet. 1943 Battle of Komandorski Islands, prevents Japanese reinforcements from reaching Attu, Alaska. 1966 Operation Jackstay in Navys first amphibious assault in Vietnams inland waters. 1968 Operation Bold Dragon III begins in Mekong Delta. March 27 1794 Congress authorizes construction of six frigates, including USS Constitution. 1799 USS Constitution recaptures American sloop Neutrality from France. 1880 USS Constellation departs New York with food for famine victims in Ireland. The shift to summer uni form of the day for all sta tions and ships present within Commander, Navy Region Southeasts area of responsibility will take effect April 1. The uniform of the day will be service dress whites or sum mer whites for officers and chief petty officers and service dress whites or the service uniform for E1 through E6. When the iPhone loses you, is there any hope? Uniform change coming April 1

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Defense Logistics Agency Aviation and Defense Supply Center Richmond employees filled the Frank B. Lotts Conference Center during a change of command ceremony March 14 to welcome the new DLA Aviation Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. (Select) Mark Johnson and bid farewell to Brig. Gen. Scott Jansson. Senior leaders (past and present) from DLA, military and aviation industry partners, and community leaders were also in attendance at the event. Johnson comes to DLA from WrightPatterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where he served as deputy director of Logistics-Sustainment, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command. DLA Director Navy Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek officiated the ceremony. Today, we are going to celebrate what Scott has done here, said Harnitchek. Scott, you are moving on to a critical position in the Air Force where we know youll do well. Jansson s new assign ment is as the program executive officer for Weapons for the Air Force Materiel Command, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Harnitchek said Jansson quick ly found out that commanding DLA Aviation was all about parts. In typical Jansson fashion, Scott put his nose to the grindstone, collected a team and said when the Air Force wants parts, we need to have parts, plus the admiral told me not to make this a 4-star issue, Harnitchek laughingly said. And thats what it is all about, when people need parts, you work with cus tomers, suppliers, and the work force to make sure you are buying enough and on time. Scott has done that as well as anyone I have known. Harnitchek said, Scott has also been great in visiting our customers and fixing problems. I knew this when I vis ited Fleet Readiness Center Southwest in North Island, Calif. and I couldnt drag a parts problems out of them. All they did was rave about how great Scott was. (Its a) remarkable performance (by Jansson) as a leader of an important enterprise, probably in terms of parts, the toughest one, Harnitchek said. The speed of the business here goes about as fast as the airplanes go. In his remarks Jansson said, I con sider myself richly blessed and honored to have been able to command DLA Aviation and DSCR. Jansson told the DLA Aviation work force that todays ceremony represents another change in the history of DLA Aviation and DSCR. Yes, despite the change, Im quite confident that many things will not change. Most importantly, I know that you . will continue to do what you do best, focusing with laser-like precision on performing the mission . always keeping in mind the ultimate purpose of what we do and our important role in serving that purpose. Harnitchek told the audience that Johnson is a career logistics readiness officer, who has held just about every key position in the Air Force and commanded units at squadron, group and wing levels, as well as his fair share of logistics staff positions in the joint world and back in the Air Force. Its a real thrill to have Mark back here and it is going to be a real thrill for Richmond, Harnitchek said. He is a Colonial Heights High School graduate and a graduate of Virginia Military Institute where he played golf and rugby. Its really sort of destiny, or karma if you will, that Mark has that genuine DLA blood in his veins. Im sure your granddad is smiling from up above. In speaking to team members across aviation, Johnson said, Its no secret that we are operating in an ever changing, uncertain fiscal environment; we cant do much about that other than stay informed and work through the challenges together. You have my com mitment that I will keep you informed to the best of my ability. Its impera tive that we work together and lean on each other as we continue to build on what Brig. Gen. Jansson has built here at this organization and as we continue to work towards meeting our directors goals. Johnson said, After three days, Im already impressed with DLA Aviations professionalism, energy, enthusiasm, and efforts you have shown in getting me up to speed. Im proud to be on your team. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Disposition Services Jacksonville, located on Roosevelt Blvd. near Collins Road, will be closed April 112 to pre pare for a systems upgrade. The facility is scheduled to reopen April 15 as training continues and the computer system is deployed. The organization is replacing its legacy computer system, known as DAISY, with its Reutilization Business Integration (RBI) solution. RBI is expected to provide real-time asset visibility throughout the Defense Logistics Agency supply chain. There is little or no delay between when data is entered and when it is available to other users. Items available for reutilization, transfer, donation and sales will also have increased visibility. Military units that use DLA Disposition Services save their units and taxpayers millions of dollars each year. Excess property and material turned in from the military servic es is first offered for reuse within the Department of Defense at no cost and with free shipping. Remaining items can be transferred to federal agencies or donated to state and local governments and other qualified agencies or used to aid humanitarian relief efforts. Safe and appropriate items can be sold to the general public. DLA Disposition Services also provides disposal solutions for hazardous waste and other materials. For more information about this closure or questions pertaining to the disposition services available at DLA Jacksonville, contact Leroy Flynn at 542-3411 x110 or at the website http:// www.dispositionservices.dla.mil/. DLA Disposition Services Jacksonville closed for trainingDLA Aviation welcomes new commander 4 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013

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VP-30 Commanding Officer Capt. Mark Stevens and Capt. Reggie Howard, multi-mission branch head, Aviation Warfare Division of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations awarded naval flight officer (NFO) wings to 10 officers in the VP-30 auditorium March 8. Those recognized included: Ensign John Coughlin, Ensign Chris Crush, Ensign Joel Gillquist, Ensign Alexander Gregg, Ensign Thomas Lightbody, Ensign Edward Potts-Szoke, Ensign Brandon Reichman, Ensign Douglas Tengler, Ensign Jonathan Woolfolk and Lt. j.g. Daniel OKeefe Also receiving NFO wings was Ensign Michael Poore of the Germany Navy who is part of a foreign exchange program that exposes naval officers from allied nations to standard U.S. naval aviation training. VP-30 was honored to have Lt. Col. Arne Heitzman, com manding officer, 2nd Training Squadron of the German Navy in attendance at the ceremony. The recipients all completed the Undergraduate Maritime Flight Officer (UMFO) syllabus at VP-30, earning their coveted wings of gold. These newly winged avia tors will now enroll in the CAT I Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) syllabus at VP-30. Upon completion of the CAT I syllabus, they will report to operational Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance squad rons to begin their initial sea tours in either Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, Whidbey Island, Wash., or NAS Jacksonville. The NFO training pipeline begins with Aviation Preflight Introduction (API) instruction in Pensacola, where all avia tion officers undergo a class room syllabus and taught the basics of naval aviation which includes aerodynamics, meteorology and principles of navi gation. After completing API, all student NFOs report for pri mary training at VT-10 at NAS Pensacola. While assigned to VT-10 they transition from a classroom learning environment to initial airborne flight training in the T-6A Texan II. Upon comple tion of primary flight training at NAS Pensacola, officers who are selected for the P-3, EP-3 or P-8 training pipeline report to VP-30 for specific aircraft training. As VP-5 transitions to the P-8A Poseidon the squadron is highlighting a transitioning Mad Fox each week. This weeks spotlight is AWO2(NAC) Sean Settles. Settles is from Godfrey, Ill. and a military fam ily. His grandfather, great uncle, and brother all served in the U.S. Navy. He is married with twin daughters who were born during his most recent deployment to the 7th Fleet area of responsibil ity in Okinawa, Japan. Settles is one of VP-5s acoustic operators. As an aircrewman, his job rests primarily with identify ing subsurface contacts using the P-8As acous tic sensors and deployed sonobuoys. These buoys are released from the aircraft and record acous tic information from the ocean environment. Using this information, he can classify a sound signature as either a submersible or surface ship and can even tell what type of submarine it is. The P-8A utilizes two acoustic operators orga nized with Sensor Station Two being the junior operator and Sensor Station One (SS1) the senior. As a recently qualified SS1, he believes that the greatest chal lenge during the transi tion has been separating his knowledge of similar P-3C systems to the new and more efficient P-8A systems. The difference is like night and day on the Poseidon, claimed Settles. I can already see why it is the hottest new air craft in the Navys fleet and am very excited to be part of the transition process. VP-5s naval aircrew VP-30 wings Navys newest naval flight officers JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013 5

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6 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013 The Tridents of VP-26 recently added another accomplishment to their 70-year history when they were named the 2012 Naval Air Force Atlantic Battle Efficiency (Battle E) winner in the VP category. Since its inception nearly seven decades ago, Team Trident has been awarded the Battle E award six times. The Battle E recognizes combat readiness and sustained superior performance of a squadron in an operational environment. VP-26 returned from an arduous U.S. 5th Fleet deployment in June 2012, where Team Trident exe cuted more than 700 combat missions and more than 6,120 mishap-free flight hours in support of oper ations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom while achieving a 99.5 percent mission completion rate. According to VP-26 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Erik Thors, Team Trident also recently surpassed 50 years of mishap-free flying, totaling 338,560 hours. The guiding principles of pride, professionalism and purpose are the cornerstone of everything we do at VP-26, explained Thors. It is with sincere pride that we serve our nation and Navy and look forward to another seven decades of Trident excellence, he continued. Grading metrics for attaining the Battle E include: operational achievement, training, inspection accomplishments, material and personnel readiness, avia tion safety, weapon systems and tactics development, qualification milestones, reenlistment and retention statistics and inspection results. Thor added that VP-26 will display its 2012 Battle E award in the squadrons Hall of Heroes. Its our way of honoring the many Sailors, chiefs and officers who served, and continue to serve, our great nation as a member of Team Trident, said Thors. The Tridents trace their history back to 1943, when the squadron flew the Consolidated PB4Y-1 Liberator, a four-engine, land-based maritime patrol aircraft designed to track and destroy German U-boats. VP-26 is in the final stages of its 12-month InterDeployment Readiness Cycle. They are currently executing their operational readiness evaluation as they prepare for evaluation by the Fleet NATOPS Evaluation Team before deploying their venerable Lockheed P-3C Orions this summer to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

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Jacksonville. Symposium attendees can register for a host of events, including the Scholarship Golf Tournament and 5K, Flight Suit Social and Heritage Dinner. The Heritage Dinner, which will highlight the international partnerships of the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF), will also serve as a ceremony for two new Hall of Honor inductees from the MPRF community. The International Partnerships theme this year has really allowed us to step back and recognize the cooperative efforts of all of our maritime patrol and reconnaissance colleagues around the world, said VP-30 Commanding Officer Capt. Mark Stevens, president of MPA. We look forward to celebrating our intertwined heritage and our bright future with all of our symposium attendees. For more information and to register, go to: www. maritimepatrolassociation.org/symposium. MPA SCHOOLment, continued Reid. My wife (Lori)and I have six children andparticipation in youth intervention, such asChallenge Day, affords an opportunity for my familyto seecompassion is an important aspect of leadership. I volunteered to be of service to others. I remember when I was in middle and high school and I lived above my waterline. I enjoy volunteering to help encourage students to drop the waterline and to share and express their true selves instead of hiding who they are to fit in at school or in their community, added IT2(IDW/SW) Tranette Harding of the NAS Jax Security Managers Office. NAS Jax Sailors partner with numerous schools in the Jacksonville area as part of the Project Navy Appreciating and Valuing Youth program which was initiated in 2011. Its a win-win partnership and really a great idea to get our Sailors involved out in the schools and help these students, said NAS Jax School Liaison Officer Dawn Mills. Challenge Day is a nationally recognized not-forprofit program that was founded in 1987. The organization offers programs throughout the United States to help students Be the Change movement. We are here to help kids deal with their emotions and to learn how to just be who they are. Ive con ducted 800 workshops around the country at various schools and have touched 8,000 lives with this pro gram so I hope its impacted some of their lives, said Challenge Day Leader Jen Wilson. This organization has been around since 1987 and its really all about learning to be yourself. Thousands of kids attempt suicide each week and many actually go through with it so if we can make a difference by teaching them strategies for positive change and how to deal with relationships hopefully we can prevent these trag edies. For more information, go to www.challengeday.org. SPOTLIGHTman operators have been training through a series of lectures, tabletop device sessions, and interactive courseware. Furthermore, every Mad Fox operator recently qualified as a P-8A observer. Settles recently received his first introduction flight on the P-8A and looks forward to many more throughout the transition process. VP-5 has been transitioning to the P-8A Poseidon since Jan. 4. NAS Jacksonvilles weekly newspaper, Jax Air News has placed second in the Metro Category (civilian enterprise) of the 2012 Russell Egnor Navy Media Awards. This is the seventh time the newspaper has placed in the Chief of Naval Informationsponsored awards competition in the past 11 years. Each year, the Navy holds the internal media award competition to promote excellence in Navy jour nalism, photography, videography and graphic arts among Navy commands, public affairs and visual information specialists. The program is named after retired JOCS Russell Egnor who served as an active duty and reserve journalist for more than 40 years. NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Bob Sanders congratulated the NAS Jax Public Affairs team. Congratulations to the NAS Jax Public Affairs (PA) Team and the tenant commands that support them. The PA team makes our weekly newspaper the most informative Navy newspaper I have ever read and we are very proud of their continued accomplishments. Jax Air News staff, led by Editor Clark Pierce, produces an outstanding weekly publication, said NAS Jax Public Affairs Officer Miriam Gallet. Our weekly, award-winning newspaper is a com prehensive mix of the tenant commands operation al accomplishments, community relations projects, sporting events and other newsworthy events. The staff works around the clock to ensure all events are covered by working closely with tenants collateral duty PA personnel and major command PAOs who contribute immensely to the paper. Their hard work paid off in winning another CHINFO award, she continued. Jax Air News established in 1943, was the first military publication by The Florida Times-Union when the contract was signed Nov. 7, 2001. It currently publishes three military papers: Jax Air News; Mayport Mirror at NS Mayport, and The Periscope at NSB Kings Bay, Ga. Winning this award was definitely a team effort between our staff and colleagues at The Florida TimesUnion, said Jax Air News Editor Clark Pierce, who has been on staff for four years. Our Military Publications publisher, Ellen Rykert, keeps a keen eye on every aspect of our weekly pro duction cycle. Graphic Designer George Atchley is truly a creative genius. He consistently comes up with eye-catching layouts that grab our readers attention and keep our paper looking fresh. And the sales team promotes Jax Air News as an effective medium for advertisers to reach Northeast Floridas military community, added Pierce. I especially want to thank NAS Jax Public Affairs Specialist Kaylee LaRocque for all she contributes each and every day to keep the Jax Air News informa tive and interesting for our readers.Jax Air News places second in worldwide Navy media competition 8 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Phil Hageman and Angela Reddish were named the 2012 Commander, Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) Senior and Junior Civilians of the Year March 7. Hageman is a management and program analyst in the CNRSE Strategy and Future Requirements Department. His direct involvement in the Contract Acquisition Management Office (CAMO) process has contributed to the success of a region-wide implementation, and his development of detailed tuto rials for training and process documentation are the benchmark nationwide, said Dennis ORear, Hagemans supervisor. Phil, day in and day out, approaches his job the same way. He is always extremely professional and provides superb service to those he supports, ORear said. Hageman said it was the efforts of his co-workers that were most instrumental to his selection. Receiving this award is an honor. Im humbled, grateful and especially thankful for my CNRSE colleagues. They made possible the opportunity to apply skills to improve busi ness processes leading to our success, he said. To everyone associated with my work, my deepest appre ciation for your understand ing and patience as we devel oped and implemented new business processes. Process improvement is not always easy, but positive attitude, coupled with desire for improve ment, overcame many obsta cles. Reddish serves as the Regional Dispatch Center (RDC) supervisor and is responsible for the oversight and execution of emergen cy dispatch services for eight installations. Throughout the year, Reddish trained 25 new dis patchers, generated and reviewed more than 750 observation reports, revised 30 dis patching SOPs and processed more than 50 installation dis patch inquiry forms. She also serves as the Criminal Justice Information Systems terminal agency coordinator. Angie is a seasoned 911 and first-response dispatch expert, said Thomas Fasanello, Reddishs supervisor. She has a great working relationship and rapport with installation first responders under RDC cognizance, as well as municipal 911 coordinators outside our installations fence lines. Her tireless dedication to public safety is greatly respected by subordinates and seniors alike. Like Hageman, Reddish also cited her co-workers as a major source of inspiration and claimed they have been instrumental to her success at CNRSE. My supervisors provide great support toward contin ued upgrades in technology and training, she said. The Southeast Region is served by some of the best trained, dedicated and expe rienced emergency dispatch ers. I am happy to have the opportunity to work with such a dedicated staff and Im proud of the mission, which ultimately will save lives and property. I am thrilled to be recognized as a member of an outstanding team of dedicated profession als. Individual selection crite ria for the awards was based upon exemplary performance of tasks, contributions that enhanced organization accomplishment of command objec tives, mission, teamwork or public image, and ones professional attitude toward self and others. Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Kiwus presented the Meritorious Civilian Service Award to Bruce Pastorini, senior construction manager, March 11 as his family and co-workers looked on. Pastorini was recognized for out standing performance while serv ing as NAVFAC Southeasts senior construction manager in the Capital Improvements Business Line Core, Construction Management Branch at NAS Jacksonville, from March 2008 through September 2012. Bruce developed a plan to pro vide the required training to NAVFAC Southeasts construction managers (CMs) and construction engineering technicians (ETs) developing a coop erative agreement with the University of North Florida to teach the eight-hour Construction Quality Management for Contractors (CQM-C) course, that is a requirement for the principals of NAVFACs Construction Contractor Partners as well as our CMs and ETs, said Capt. Christopher Kiwus, NAVFAC Southeast commanding officer. Pastorini also facilitated the current Construction Community of Practice meetings that help tie construction field offices together by using best practices and lessons learned in the pursuit of common construction business prac tices. During this time, Pastorini was integral to rebuilding the Construction Management Branch staff while going through the BRAC process when NAVFAC Southern Division, Navy Public Works Center Jacksonville and the Engineering Field Activity Jacksonville disestablished and NAVFAC Southeast was established, said Doug Dangerfield, NAVFAC Southeast capital improvements busi ness line coordinator and chief engi neer. Kiwus said, Pastorinis initiative, professionalism, and dedication to duty reflect great credit upon him and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Navy. CNRSE announces 2012 Civilians of the Year Pastorini receives Meritorious Civilian Service Award 10 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Federal civilian employees could see their Thrift Savings Plan contributions reduced if furloughs take effect. The Thrift Savings Plan is a retirement savings and invest ment plan for federal employ ees and members of the uni formed services, including the Ready Reserve. Employees who have selected their TSP contribution to be a percentage of their pay will see smaller contributions dur ing the furlough period due to their reduced pay, said Navy Cmdr. Leslie Hull-Ryde, a Defense Department spokes woman. For example, an employee who earns $1,000 of basic pay every two-week pay period and contributes 10 percent of it to the TSP would make a $100 TSP contribution during a normal pay period. However, if the employee is furloughed for two days per pay period, his or her basic pay would decrease to $800. As a result, the TSP contribution would be $80 per pay period. Employees who contrib ute a set dollar amount wont see that amount change with a reduction in pay, Hull-Ryde said. For this reason, now is a good time to review TSP con tribution amounts to see if they are appropriate, Thrift Savings Plan officials said. Basic pay reductions also will affect the matching funds contributed by the Defense Department and other agen cies. According to a Thrift Savings Plan news release, any reduction in pay will propor tionally decrease the matching funds contribution, regardless of whether employees contribute a percentage of their pay or a set dollar amount. The furloughs may cause financial hardship for some employees, and in those cases they may consider making a hardship withdrawal from their TSP fund. Such withdrawals have several restrictions: drawal, you will not be able to make any TSP contributions for six months after having received your funds. your contributions and the earnings associated with them, and the total amount cannot exceed your financial hard ship. on the taxable portion of any withdrawal, and you may also be subject to a 10 percent early withdrawal penalty tax. Employees Retirement System participant, you will not receive agency matching con tributions. cannot be repaid, so your TSP account is permanently reduced by the amount of your withdrawal. A better option may be tak ing a loan against your TSP, officials said. Loans can be repaid -plus interest -but the account continues to accrue earnings even as the loan is paid back. TSP officials recommend that employees think carefully before decreasing or stopping their traditional TSP contribu tions. Those contributions are sub tracted from pre-tax income, and terminating the contribu tions could increase income tax liability. Roth TSP contri butions are subtracted from employees after-tax income, and changes will not affect tax liability. One of the great things about your TSP contributions, no matter how small, is that the earnings compound over time. If you stop your contributions, even for a short time, youll miss this opportunity altogether, the news release said. Federal Employees Retirement System participants would, in effect, be losing free money by stopping their con tributions, because matching contributions also would stop, officials said. A free iPhone app for the Thrift Savings Plan available at the Apple App Store could pose a security risk, program officials warned. A notice on the Thrift Savings Plan website says the TSP Funds app, which asks participants for their account login information, is not sanctioned. This app is not being offered through the TSP, and the TSP does not recommend using this application to access your TSP account, the notice says. Providing this information could result in a security risk to your account. The Thrift Savings Plan is a retire ment savings and investment plan for federal employees and members of the uniformed services, including the Ready Reserve. It was established by Congress in the Federal Employees Retirement System Act of 1986 and offers the same types of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under 401(k) plans. The NAS Jax Safety Office is offering a driver improvement class March 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Building 1. The class is specifically for dependent young drivers between the ages of 15 and 21 years old. They do not have to have a drivers license to attend. The class will offer safety tips, how to respond to driving emergencies, bring awareness to risks of driving and much more. There will be videos, chapter quizzes and the course concludes with a mul tiple choice question test. There will not be any time behind the wheel, only classroom ses sion. Students will earn AAA Driver Improvement Class completion certifi cates. If you feel your teen can benefit from this course, call Linda at 542-3082 or Cindy at 542-2584 to sign them up. Dear Kate, How much energy I can really save from habit changes? Signed, Skeptical Kate Sez, I hate to say it because it sounds unpatriotic, but frankly, Americans waste a lot of energy. Studies show that 50 percent of the energy that is deliv ered to the home via electricity wires or natural gas lines is wasted. For example, how many times have you had lights on in a room with no one in it? Thats waste. So, we find that 10 percent sav ings from habit changes is not hard to achieve. Many homeowners and renters actually save 20 percent or more each month. Sometimes, visitors stay with you or there is a heat wave, but 10 to 20 percent average savings over a year is really doable. Time to get started!Furlough to affect Thrift Savings Plan contributionsTSP officials warn against unsanctioned appTeen driving class being offered All NAS Jax active duty officer spouses are invited to a special event at the T-Bar, April 23 from 5 7 p.m. The NAS Jax All Officers Spouses Club is focused on building camaraderie, offering support and sharing helpful information. There is no membership fee to par ticipate. Please RSVP Pam Undersander at roypam5@gmail.com by April 3. In the March 7 issue of Jax Air News on Page 10, IS1 Cedrick Green of VP-5 was identified as IT1 Green in the article and photograph. We regret this error. Officers Spouses Club Social on April 23 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013 11

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NAS Jax squadrons exceed charitable goalsFour squadrons (VP-5, VP-8, VP-16 and VP-26) assigned to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 (CPRW11), along with VP-30 and local Sea Cadets, recently devoted their vol unteer efforts to a pair of community relations projects Rethreaded and K9s for Warriors. When President Barack Obama des ignated January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we stepped up to do our part by supporting Rethreaded, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to help sew a new story for people affected by the illicit sex trade whether local or international, said VP-26 Command Services Officer, Lt. Cmdr. John Dzialoski. Rethreaded assists victims of human traffickers who have been denied their freedom. Human trafficking is a multibillion dollar industry founded on the exploitation of vulnerable members of society, mostly women and children. The vision of Rethreaded, located in downtown Jacksonville, is to dimin ish the sex trade by fighting business with business on a global and local level through safe and dignified work for survivors of the sex trade. Their 2013 goal is to employ seven survivors of human trafficking by accepting donations of clean, new or used, cotton T-shirts, that are then up-cycled and sewn into new garments and other salable items. To help Rethreaded reach its goal, the VP-26 Tridents conducted a T-shirt drive through the month of February. As a result, CPRW-11 squadrons VP-30 and local Sea Cadets donated more than 3,300 shirts to support the fight against human trafficking. K9s for Warriors, located in Ponte Vedra, provides rescued canines to service members suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSS) as a result of conflicts after 9/11. They help warriors return to civilian life with dignity and independence by pairing, train ing and graduating K9/warrior teams, explained Dzialoski. Each warrior completes approxi mately 120 hours of training and takes a written test and two practical tests with his or her K9 teammate. This year, K9s for Warriors is striving to graduate 50 K9/warrior teams from their program. CPRW-11 Sailors fed, walked and acclimated service dogs; conducted grounds upkeep and met with warriors every Saturday in February. Sailors donated 352 volunteer service hours, completing all of the organizations facility project goals for 2013. These efforts aided K9s for Warriors in their mission to serve those who have sac rificed much in the fight for freedom around the world.To learn more about K9s for Warriors or Rethreaded, visit them online at: http:// www.k9sforwarriors.org or http://www. rethreaded.com. 12 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Hagel directs review of Distinguished Warfare MedalIn light of recent discussions concerning the new Distinguished Warfare Medal and its order of prece dence relative to other military decorations, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of the award, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said on March 12. Little said Hagel directed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to conduct the review and expects to make a decision about the medals fate after assessing the findings. Secretary Hagel consulted with the chairman, the Joint Chiefs and the service secretaries and knows that the decision to establish the medal was carefully and thoroughly analyzed within the Department of Defense, Little said. Opponents of the medal question the hierarchy of technology-driven warfare such as unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned underwater vehicles, missile defense and cyber capabilities, as the operators may not be anywhere near a combat zone. Production of the medal has stopped, Little said, adding that there are, so far, no nominations for it, allowing time to make a final decision. Little noted that the secretary has a long history of involvement and membership with veteran service organizations, including a stint as head of the USO. Hes heard their concerns, hes heard the concerns of others, and he believes that its prudent to take into account those concerns and conduct this review, Little said. His style as a leader is to be [decisive] and also to be a ready listener. Relay For Life: Military families wantedMilitary family teams are forming for the Relay for Life at Fleming Island High School May 3. The event remembers those who have lost their battle with cancer, support and encourage those who are fighting, and celebrate those who have survived their battle with cancer. If you are interested, please call (207) 730-3294. For more details, visit the Relay for life Web site at www. relayforlife.org/flemingis landfl. The team is called JAX MILITARY FAMILIES. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013 13

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The 2013 Seabee Anniversary Ball took place at the Omni Hotel in Jacksonville on March 9 celebrat ing the Seabees 71st, Naval Facilities Engineering Commands (NAVFAC) 171st, and Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) 146th birthdays. Seabees attached to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14, Construction Battalion Mobile Unit 202 detach ments Jacksonville and Kings Bay, civilians and CEC Officers from NAVFAC Southeast, service members from other military branches, and distinguished guests took part in the formal event recognizing the many contributions of the Seabees throughout history. This years celebration had over 300 in attendance. NAVFAC Southeast Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Kiwus spoke about the importance and relevance of the Seabee force in today's Navy acknowledging Seabees from the tribase area and thanked them for their dedication. "NAVFAC has a fantastic reputa tion and I am honored to be part of the team," said Kiwus. We have been entrusted with the warfighters sched ules and requirements and we must be vigilant to not allow these special trusts to be wasted or abused. Kiwus introduced the guest speaker, Rear Adm. Jack Scorby, commander, Navy Region Southeast, who shared some of the history and his personal experiences with the Seabees. We pause to think about the Seabees every March to celebrate their estab lishment soon after Pearl Harbor and to this very day because they have always answered our nations call to service, said Scorby. It is hard to believe that at the high point during World War II, there were over 300,000 Seabees supporting the war effort which is almost as many Sailors as we have in our entire Navy today. Scorby thanked the spouses of Seabees as he understands the chal lenges faced with the many deploy ments they support. He mentioned it is important to recognize the sacrifices of a Seabee family in support of the Navy family. You know you are a Seabee spouse if you can fix the refrigerator, the washer and do an oil change while your Seabee is on deployment, joked Scorby while reading answers Seabee wives made to the question, You know you are a Seabee spouse if. Scorby and Kiwus also devoted time to present the Peggy B. Craig Lifetime Service Award to Arthur Mosley with NAS Jax Public Works Department. The award is granted to persons recognized for 20 or more years of "selfless and dedicated" service to NAVFAC, the 1st Naval Construction Division, the Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering, or any subordinate unit. SWCS Jose Torres, NAVFAC Southeast senior enlisted advisor, attended the anniversary ball with his wife Kerri and their 17-year-old son, Carlos. It has been a great honor to be able to serve my time in the Navy as a Seabee, said Torres. As a Seabee, I have had the chance to make a positive impact to world events supporting forward deployed Sailors, Marines, Airman and Soldiers. We have a proud history since our inception and I am glad I have been part of some of legendary events other services remember about Seabees. Torres noted he was pleasantly sur prised to see so many local Seabees come together to celebrate their 71st birthday. We came together to make it a great time for all, said Torres. Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast recognized Public Works Department (PWD) Jacksonvilles Supervisory Engineering Technician Arthur Mosley with a lifetime service award during its annual Seabee Ball on March 9. Mosley was presented the Peggy Craig Life Service Award by Rear Adm. Jack Scorby, Jr., commander, Navy Region Southeast and Capt. Christopher Kiwus, NAVFAC Southeast commanding officer, during the annual celebration of the anniversaries of the Seabees, Civil Engineer Corps, and NAVFAC. Winning this award took me by surprise because I never anticipated receiving an award for simply doing what I love, said Mosley. I can attribute this to all of those who I have worked with over the years. The award was created recognizing employees for 20 or more years of selfless and dedicated service to NAVFAC, the 1st Naval Construction Division, the Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering, or any subordinate unit. Mosley is part of the history of NAVFAC Southeast. He began with the NAVFAC family in 1975 and cur rently has 37 years of service with the federal government. As described in his award, he is a dedicated leader and mentor and has developed close relationships with his staff that extends into their families. He is a recognized expert in safety, quality assur ance and general construction execution, said NAS Jacksonvilles Public Works Officer Cmdr. Anant Patel. His extensive experience in the singular field of construction has made him a sought after authority, which he is always eager to assist anyone at anytime. Mosley is a unique man who has achieved much in his career by providing unyielding support to his peers and the commands leadership team. He takes great pride in developing junior officers by taking them on site visits and providing them with the needed field experience to bolster their construction knowledge, said Patel. His personal devotion and leadership extends throughout and beyond the PWD organization at NAS Jacksonville. Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Executive Officer Capt. Scott Hurst recog nized BU1 Douglas Bennett dur ing the` 2013 Engineers Week Awards Banquet held on March 2 at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville. Bennett is a project supervisor assigned to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 202, Detachment Jacksonville at NAS Jacksonville. Bennett was presented the Enlisted Achievement Award at the North East Florida Engineers Week event where more than 100 people attended. 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recognizing National Engineers Week. I was happy and very pleased that the organi zation recognized what we do for our country and the Civil Engineer Corps, said Bennett. Seabees are such a small part of the Navy. The award recognizes individuals from the uniformed services and pri vate sector supporting the engineering profes sion, the nations national security objectives and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Strategic Plan, which promotes recogni tion for the internal and external accomplishment of SAME members. Bennetts completion of construction programs is directly attributable to the significant improve ment of personnel sup port, welfare, and recre ation at NAS Jacksonville. He has supervised many projects since he began with the NAVFAC family more than 15 years ago. As described in his award, Bennetts efforts as a leader play an important role in enabling the stations overall effort to not only perform its mission, but be voted as the Best in the Navy for two straight years. Bennett has a distinct manner in which he effectively trains, men tors, and develops future leaders of the Naval Construction Force; he conducts meaning ful career development boards and serves as an instructor for newly pro moted petty officers. Petty Officer Bennett is a talented builder. He performs at a high level but more importantly, his dedication in mentoring his troops and guiding them in proper construction practices makes him an attractive candidate for the award, said SWCS Jose Torres, NAVFAC Southeast senior enlisted leader. We are very proud of his accomplishments throughout the year. SEABEE More than 150 NAS Jacksonville personnel participated in the annual Leprechaun Dash 5K March 15. The event was sponsored by the NAS Jax Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department. Taking first overall and in the mens 40-44 and under category, was Andy Patterson of VP-30 with a time of 17:53. In first for the women and first in the womens 38-44 category was Sarah Reed of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast (NAVFAC SE) with a time of 20:22. Other finishers were: The event was sponsored by the University of Phoenix and HD Supply Maintenance Solutions. The next run is the Capt. Chuck Cornett Navy 10K Run April 6. Volunteers are needed to help with this event. For more information, call 542-3518/2930. For more info, call Bill Bonser at 5422930/3239 or e-mail bill.bonser@navy.mil Runners make Leprechaun Dash Registration form: 1stplacesports.com facebook.com/NASJAXMWR Call (904) 542-2930 / 3518 for more info. Saturday, April 6, 2013 @ 8 a.m.NEX PArking LotEntry Fees$15 Military $20 Base Personnel $25 Race Day EntryRace eventsNavy Run Zumba Party:11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Hummvee Pull: April 4 at 2 p.m. Athletic Shoe & Apparel SALE: Registration deadline is March 18! 16 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013

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JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013 17 MWR Facilities impacted by CR/Sequestration The following Commander, Navy Installations Command guidance on reduced funding impacts all NAS Jacksonville Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department facilities. The overall objective is to identify prudent reductions that are reversible and protective of support to forces operating forward first, preserve to the best of ability, the support for the fleet, fighter and family. The Department of the Navy directed reduction in expenditures relates to appropriated funds (APF) and specifically impacts to MWR programs. The reduction in APF funding for these programs will directly impact non-appropriated funds available to run these programs. Fitness Hours of operation for fitness centers will be reduced to 90 hours per week. In order to comply with this directive, 10 hours per week have been reduced. New hours will meet times of highest utilization. The Zone Gymnasium operations will be as follows: MondayThursday (5 a.m. to 8 p.m.); Friday (5 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Saturday-Sunday (closed). The fitness center hours will be: Monday-Thursday (5 a.m. to 8 p.m.); Friday (5 a.m. to 7 p.m.); Saturday-Sunday (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Swimming pools will reduce costs by 20 percent from FY12 controls. Only one pool will be open per instal lation. The outdoor swimming pool will be open for lap swimming and physical readiness testing April 1 through June 7 the following days and times: MondayFriday (6-8 a.m.), (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and (4:30-7 p.m.). During the month of May, the outdoor pool will also be open on Saturday-Sunday (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for lap swimming and open recreation. Beginning June 10 through Sept. 8, the pool will operate Monday-Friday (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Saturday-Sunday (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), in addition the pool will be open for lap swim ming (6-8 a.m.). Swim lessons will take place MondayThursday (8-11 a.m.). The indoor swimming pool will remain closed until October 2013 for recreation and lap swimming. There will be a 25 percent reduction in the intramu ral sports programs from FY12 third and fourth quar ter levels with cuts coming primarily from officiating expenses. Captains Cup competitions will continue with condensed scheduling; winners will be based on double elimination tournaments, officials will be provided. If the teams agree to a round robin competition, volunteer officials will be utilized. Single and dual sporting events will not have officials. Greybeard league will have volunteer officials. There will be a reduction to group exercise classes from 16 classes to 12 classes per week. Classes with volunteer instructors will continue. Classes will include spin, muscle max, Zumba, Pilates, power yoga, max core and step. Class schedules will be posted at the fitness source. CFL and NOFFS classes will continue. Liberty Hours of operation for the Liberty Center will not exceed 50 hours per week. Liberty hours will be as follows: Monday-Friday (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and (4-10 p.m.); Saturday, holidays (Noon to 10 p.m.) and Sundays (closed). Trips will not receive NAF subsidy. Off base trips will no longer be subsidized. Transportation will be provided. Awarding of gift cards and other prizes will be eliminated unless part of a sponsorship program. Category B Programs Operating hours for MWR CAT B programs (auto skills, outdoor recreation, etc) will be reduced and facilities closed as program consolidations are completed. The Auto Skills Center hours of operation will be: Monday (Noon to 8 p.m.); Tuesday-Wednesday (closed); Thursday-Friday (noon to 8 p.m.); Saturday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.); Sunday (closed) and holidays (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Outdoor recreation and the marina will operate under the following: Monday (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.); TuesdayWednesday (closed); Thursday (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.); Friday (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.); Saturday-Sunday (7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.) and holidays (7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.). Child Development Center no change in operations. School Age Care Programs no impact to operations. This program also supports summer and holiday camps which will be business as usual. Youth open recreation and teen program hours will be cancelled. Normally the center operated Tuesday-Friday (6-8 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Youth using the center averaged approximately four per day. No unit allocation funds will be distributed in the third and fourth quarters. All Programs Equipment replacement/maintenance is currently being deferred unless there is an immediate operational impact. No free set-up of tents, chairs and/or tables unless it is in support of a signed contract with an MWR catering facility. If MWR is catering an event, tents, tables and chairs will be provided at no additional cost. A set-up fee will be charged if not in support of a catered event. Special Event/Entertainment Special/community events to include family and fit ness events will be canceled unless funded 100 per cent by commercial sponsorship/advertising. Funding from region/installation NAF budgets is not authorized. Special events supporting the Easter Egg Hunt (March 27) Chuck Cornett Navy Run (April 6), Bass Tournament (April 13) and Month of Military Child Carnival (April 20) will take place thanks to sponsorship and advertising financial support. The need for MWR CAT C programs (restaurants, bowling, golf, etc,) to generate NAF revenue is greater due to the APF reductions. Continued operation of these programs is authorized but these programs should be under continuous review to gain operating efficiencies. For more information, call the MWR Administration office at 542-3111. Enhancing Medical Home Port team care at Naval Hospital JacksonvilleThe Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) Medical Home Port team visited Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville March 11-13, in support of team-based care. Medical Home Port is Navy Medicines approach to the nationwide medical home model of care, placing patients in the center of a collaborative team of caregiversfrom doctors and nurses to case managersled by the primary care manager (PCM). Staff from BUMED and NH Jacksonvilleits hospital and five branch health clinicsdiscussed continuous improvement in team-based practice, managing change, electronic communications with patients, and measuring patient outcomes. NH Jacksonvilles Medical Home Port is seeking health care industry recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the gold stan dard in the patient-centered medical home model. BUMEDs visit provided a valuable outside perspective and support to our Medical Home Port teams in caring for our patients and improving health, said NH Jacksonville Director for Medical Services Cmdr. Troy Borema. The Medical Home Port care team and the patient work together for a coordinated, wholeperson approach to healthto meet the patients full range of needs (preventive, routine and urgent). In addition, Medical Home Port Online secure email offers patients a new way to connect with their care team for non-urgent issues. To register and log onto Medical Home Port Online, patients can visit the commands Web site at www.med.navy.mil/sites/navalhospitaljax

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DeweysCall 542-3521 Free Texas Holdem Tournaments Monday & Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday Social Hour 79 p.m., $.50 wings and $7.95 pizza your way Friday Free Entertainment at 7 p.m. March 22 Jason Lamar March 29 Ace Winn April 5 KaraokeFreedom Lanes Bowling CenterCall 542-3493. New day for free bowling for active duty Thursday 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Wednesday change of hours Open 410 p.m. Wednesday Evening Bowling Special 410 p.m. All you can bowl for $5.95 Shoe rental not included Saturday Night Extreme Bowling 46 p.m. (family themed) $8 per person 8 p.m. midnight $10 per person Price includes two hours of bowling Shoe rental included Sunday Family Day 126 p.m., $1.50 games Shoe rental not included Friday special $1 games per person 2 5 p.m. Shoe rental not included March Bowling Madness Command party give-a-way March 1-31Fitness & AquaticsCall 542-2930 The outdoor pool hours April 1 May 5 Open Monday Friday (lap swim only) 6 a.m. 8 a.m. 11 a.m. 1 p.m. 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday & Sunday (lap swim only) 11 a.m. 2:30 p.m. During lap swim only the waterslide, water park and concessions will not be open. 2013 Learn to Swim Program Sign-up at the Gym (the Zone) May 11, 8 a.m. 3 p.m. Session 1: June 10 20 Session 2 July 8 18 Session 3 July 22 Aug. 1 Fitness Center (located above the Youth Center Gym) Open Monday Friday 9 a.m. 1 p.m. For more information, contact Melissa at 542-3518/4238 Check-out our new fitness schedule! New classes include Muscle Max, Extreme Bootcamp and Max Core Pick-up the latest copy at the fitness center Capt. Chuck Cornett Navy Run April 6 at 8 a.m. $25 race day entry Zumba Party April 4, 11 a.m. 12 p.m. Humvee Pull April 4 at 2 p.m. Athletic shoe and apparel sale April 46, 9 a.m. 6 p.m. Sign-up at www.1stplacesports.com Call 542-2930/3518I.T.T. EventsCall 542-3318. Daytona International Speedway Subway Firecracker July 5 and Coke 400 July 6 Tickets on sale now! Jacksonville Sharks $25 per person ITT Travel Fair March 16, 9:30 a.m. 1 p.m. NEX Courtyard Win prizes! Thrasher Horne Center for the Arts Dark Side Of The Moon (Pink Floyd) April 13 at 7:30 p.m. Section A $33; Section B $28; Section C $23 A Lamb Chop Celebration April 20 at 7:30 p.m. Section A $18; Section B $14; Section C $11 Funkfest Metropolitan Park May 10-11 2-day ticket $52 Discover Disney Florida resident ticket valid for sale through June 3, 2013 Tickets are valid for redemption through June 7, 2013 Blockout Dates: March 23 April 5, 2013 Call for pricing Jacksonville Symphony $27.50 Gatorland military member is free, tickets available for family members at ITT $19.25 adult, $12.50 child, $54.25 zipline 2013 Live Broadway Series Rock of Ages April 6 Dream Girls May 21 Universal Studios Special Complimentary tickets for active duty and retirees, free 3-day, park-to-park ticket with valid military ID. Admission is valid for up to 14 days from first use. Tickets are available at ITT through March 31and must be redeemed by June 30. Ask about our special discounted tickets for family members. Wild Adventures Theme Park Gold pass $71 Book Shade of Green, Disneyworld hotel properties, Universal hotels and off property hotels near attractions at ITT!The Vault Liberty Recreation CenterTrips, activities and costs may be restricted to E1-E6 single or unaccompanied active duty members. Call 5421335 for information. Kayaking Trip Simpson Creek March 16 at 9 a.m. Liberty Bowling Night NAS Freedom Lanes March 20, $6 per person Cummer Art Museum Trip March 26 at 6 p.m.NAS Jax Golf ClubGolf course info: 542-3249 Mulligans info: 542-2936 Military Appreciation Days $18 per person, includes cart & green fees March 26 for active duty March 14 & 28 for retirees, DoD personnel and their guests Twilight Special Daily! Play 18-holes with cart for only $16 after 1:30 p.m. every day! Monday & Tuesday Play 18-holes for $20 Cart and green fee included. Open to military, DoD and guests. Not applicable on holidays. Twilight Golf League Tuesday at 5 p.m. March 26 Aug. 27 $20 per person per weekMulberry Cove MarinaCall 542-3260. Free Kayak & Canoe Rental Every Thursday for active dutyAuto Skills CenterCall 542-3227 22 work bays, wheel balancing, tool checkout, paint booth and welding! ASE certified mechanic onsite!Youth Activities CenterCall 778-9772 Drop-in care and open recreation are available! Family Fitness Center hours are Monday Friday, 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Bring your child to work out with you! Call 778-9772 for more information. Free Easter Egg Hunt March 27 at 7 p.m. McCaffrey Softball Fields Open to children 0 12!Flying Club Call 777-8549 Private Pilot Ground School June 3 July 10 $500 per person 18 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013

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I.T.T. Travel Fair makes vacation planning easyThe 23rd annual Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) Fair was held Saturday as hundreds of visitors to the Navy Exchange complex stopped in to check out what was being offered at a variety of booths manned by representatives from hotels, attractions and base recreational departments all offering information and military discounts. VyStar Credit Union was the official sponsor of the event. We are enhancing our ITT pro gram with our vendors that support the military by offering valued pricing for hotels, attractions and events. The vendors come here to sell their property to the patrons so they can go to ITT to purchase tickets and learn about what there is available in our area, said ITT Manager Julie Kieffer. Its a great event because we offer discounts and specials that they may not be able to get out in the community. Plus, the fees that we charge for all our events is a flat rate, there are no taxes or other charges like when you purchase on the Internet or through other com panies. Some of the vendors from area attractions included Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, Busch Gardens, Wet n Wild, several dinner shows and numerous hotels. We were here to go grocery shopping and I noticed the travel fair and decided this would be an excellent time to plan our summer family vacation, especially since I just returned from deployment, said Lt. j.g. Joel Pena of VP-8. Several door prizes were given out during the event. As visitors, checked out the various booths, they got a spe cial passport stamped. After getting 15 stamps, they were eligible to win an assortment of prizes donated by the vendors. If you missed this years travel fair, next years event is already in the planning stages. The vendors who participate in the yearly fair contribute to an increase in our Saturday sales. We really appreci ate our vendors and their professional information displays, stated Kieffer. And, as soon as this years event is over, well start working on next years travel fair. Neither MWR nor the U.S. Navy or any other part of the federal govern ment officially endorses any company, sponsor, or its products or services. VP-8 Sailors volunteer at Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife SanctuaryVP-8 Sailors worked alongside tigers and other big cats during a community relations project at the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, March 5. The Sailors spent the day helping build and repaint a safety fence and putting down fertilizer in a lawn area. We are not professionals, but as Sailors, we always find a way to get the job done when necessary, said MC2(AW/SW) Pedro Rodrguez, VP-8 command photographer. I had a lot of fun doing the work we did, because it was something I dont do every day and it made me remember some of the things I used to do before I joined the Navy 10 years ago, he added. The new fence will serve as a sec ond boundary to protect people from reaching into the cats cages. It is so important to have volunteer groups help us at the ranch, because there is so much work to be done, said Kim Kyle assistant director/volun teer coordinator and handler. We are an all volunteer organization with no paid employees, so we appreciate any outside help. We always have several projects ongoing, from building new enclo sures/habitats for new rescues, to repairing fencing, building feed plat forms, den boxes, kitty cabins, paint ing, landscaping and fundraising, among others, continued Kyle. This group was amazing and we hope they can come back on a regular basis and help us. We appreciate their service to our country and our organization. Started in 1982, Catty Shack Ranch is North Floridas longest operating sanctuary. A non-profit organization, its mission is to provide a safe, lov ing, forever home for endangered big cats, and to educate the public about their plight in the wild and captivity. Current residents include tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, bobcats, arctic foxes, and coatimundis. JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013 19

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20 JAX AIR NEWS, NAS JACKSONVILLE, Thursday, March 21, 2013 Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast celebrated National Engineers Week volunteering with the Florida Engineering Society (FES) MathCounts competition March 1 at the University of North Florida (UNF) Arena in Jacksonville. The FES sponsored event was open to middle school students in a five-county area around Jacksonville. This year 46 schools participated with teams of 4-8 students. We [the NAVFAC volunteers] welcomed the teams and chat ted with them about the opportunities of an engineering education and encouraged them to continue to hone their math skills, said Katharine Martin, NAVFAC Southeast utilities technical branch supervisor and one of the 25 NAVFAC volunteers. The team of volunteers also acted as proctors and graders for the written portions of the tests, amazed at the rapid cal culation skills exhibited by students during the oral rounds. I would like to thank everyone who participated last week in MathCounts, said NAVFAC Southeast Executive Officer Capt. Scott Hurst. I was truly impressed by the math skills of the middle school students participating in the event; I had to eat some humble pie as I looked at the questions they were answering. The MathCounts Competition Program is a national middle school coaching and com petitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging bee style contests. Martin and other volun teers assigned to NAVFAC Southeast, serve as role models and mentors for the students throughout the school. Martin believes continued support from role models, mentors and MathCounts competitions help increase the interest in math ematics for young scholars. I became interested in engineering societies in a previous career, said Martin. I was encouraged to explore the field and I became an engineer. I hope I can help others make that same decision. The National MathCounts Foundation is a non-profit organization that has been working with middle school students to promote excellence in mathematics for over a quarter century. Since the program began in 1983, over 6 million students have developed crit ical-thinking and problemsolving skills through partici pation. NAVFAC Southeast agrees that MathCounts The NAS Jacksonville Fleet and Family Support Center Life Skills Education and Support Program offers free workshops to service members and their families. The following is the 2013 schedule: May 13-16 (5:30-10 p.m.), Aug. 19-21 (8 a.m.-4 p.m.), Nov. 12-15 (5:30-10 p.m.) (7:30 a.m.4:15 p.m.) April 1-5, April. 8-12, May 6-10, May 13-17, June 3-7, June 17-21, July 8-12, July 15-19, Aug. 5-9, Aug. 19-23, Sept. 9-13, Sept. 16-20, Oct. 7-11, Oct. 21-25, Nov. 4-8, Dec. 2-6. (7:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.) March 25-29, April 15-19, May 20-24, June 24-28, July 22-26, Aug. 26-30, Sept. 23-27, Oct. 28-Nov. 1, Nov. 18-22, Dec. 16-20. (9 a.m.-noon) April 22, May 3, June 12, Aug. 16, Sept. 6, Oct. 17, Nov. 27, Dec. 11. (Noon-3 p.m.) July 2. (8-9:30 a.m.) April 10, May 30, July 15, Sept. 5, Nov. 25. (9:40 a.m.-noon) April 10, May 30, July 15, Sept. 5, Nov. 25. (7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.) May 1-2, Aug. 14-15, Nov. 13-14. (7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.) March 18-22, June 10-14, Sept. 30-Oct. 4. (8-11 a.m.) April 30, July 2, Oct. 15. Buyers (1-3:30 p.m.) April 22, May 29. Buying (9-10:30 a.m.) May 29, Aug. 12. (1:30-3 p.m.) April 11, June 13, Aug. 8, Oct. 10, Dec. 12. (1:30-4 p.m.) May 9, July 11, Sept. 12, Nov. 14. (9-11 a.m.) April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 9. (9-10:30 a.m.) April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 5. Extended Stress Management (8 a.m.-noon) April 16 & 30, July 16 & 30, Oct. 15 & 29. (8 a.m.-noon) March 26, April 23, May 21, June 25, July 23, Aug. 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 22. Personal Anger Control Group May 2 June 6 (Thursdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m.), June 25 July 30 (Tuesdays 2-4 p.m.), Aug. 15 Sept. 19 (Thursdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m.). (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) May 14, July 9, Sept. 10, Nov. 19. (1-3 p.m.) May 7, 14, 21, 28; July 9, 16, 23, 30; Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24; Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26. (1-4 p.m.) April 3, 10, 17, 24; June 5, 12, 19, 26; Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23. Group (9:30-11 a.m.) Every Wednesday (10 a.m.-noon) April 2, 16, 30; May 14, 18; June 11, 25; July 9, 23; Aug. 6, 20; Sept. 3, 17; Oct. 1, 15, 29. Exceptional Family Member Program (1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.) May. 2, July 3, Sept. 5, Nov. 7. To register, call 542-5745.FFSC offers life skills workshops

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